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Malvinas: Argentina invites Chagos group to expose contradictions in UK's decolonization policy

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 - 05:45 UTC
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Timerman will be hosting Mr. Bancould from the Chagos Refugees Group  Timerman will be hosting Mr. Bancould from the Chagos Refugees Group

Argentina's Foreign minister Hector Timerman will receive on Tuesday Olivier Bancoult, president of the Chagos Refugees Group, the entity which represents the 'Chagossians' forcibly ousted from their lands by the United Kingdom. The administration of President Cristina Fernandez pretends to expose contradictions in the UK's approach to the Chagos case and the Falklands sovereignty dispute.

In the afternoon Bancould is scheduled to give a press conference on the political and legal aspects of the Chagos archipelago and its most notorious island, Diego Garcia, from which its inhabitants were removed by Britain in the seventies.

The archipelago made up of an estimated 65 islands in the Indian Ocean has been a British colony since 1814. Since independence in 1968 identified as British Indian Ocean Territory, Mauritius Island claims sovereignty over the islands.

However between 1968 and 1973 the British government removed the 1.200 inhabitants relocating them in Mauritius and Seychelles islands as part of a major agreement for the establishment of a US air and naval base in the strategic island of Diego Garcia. Since then the inhabitants, Chagossians, have been claiming to return to their ancestral land, but to no avail.

According to the Argentine foreign ministry the Chagos archipelago is another example of a still uncompleted decolonization process as happens with the Malvinas Islands question in which the colonial power is the UK, while Argentina and Mauritius invoke and demand the principle of territorial integrity.

“Once again the UK displays its disdain for international law and double standards regarding the right to self determination of peoples, since it ignores the right of Chagossians to return to their lands and on the other hand pretends to force the right to self determination for the Malvinas question, even when the United Nations do not consider such option applicable”, according to the Argentine release.
 

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  • damian

    “Once again the UK displays its disdain for international law and double standards regarding the right to self determination of peoples, since it ignores the right of Chagossians to return to their lands and on the other hand pretends to force the right to self determination for the Malvinas question, even when the United Nations do not consider such option applicable”,

    So in one paragraph according to Argentina the UK ignores the right of the Chagossians to return to their lands and yet at the same time they claim the United Nations do not consider such option applicable.

    What route are they going to take? Are they inviting the Chagossians to Argentina to say - look, it happened to these people so it can happen to the FI - If that's the case then surely they're supporting the actions the UK government took - Not sure the Changos deligation are going to be too pleased.

    If they're claiming it's unfair (and it was) how does this support their case?

    Keep up the good work Hector!

    Oct 22nd, 2013 - 06:43 am 0
  • Escoses Doido

    Timmerman = Desperate little twat.

    Oct 22nd, 2013 - 06:48 am 0
  • Musky

    Well done Hector, what a dimwit, just as Damian says above, how can you possibly use this case to your advantage! And the Chagossian guy's mindset is equally dim... hey let's help Argentina do to the Falklands what Britain (did not) do to the Chagossians! These guys have lemons for brains! Apologies to lemons everywhere!

    Oct 22nd, 2013 - 06:50 am 0
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