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Chagos Islands ‘integral’ to Mauritius: top UN court

4 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

THE HAGUE: Mauritius told the UN’s top court Monday that the British-ruled Chagos Islands are ‘integral’ to its territory and that the Indian Ocean island chain was handed to London “under duress”, reports AFP.

Hearings opened Monday before the International Court of Justice in The Hague where judges are to hear arguments over the future status of the remote archipelago—home to a strategic joint US military base but territory claimed by Mauritius.

“More than fifty years after independence... the process of decolonisation of Mauritius remains incomplete,” former Mauritian president Anerood Jugnauth said.