Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has labelled the British and Americans “hypocrites” and “champions of double talk” for the way they have behaved over the Chagos Islands.

Last year, a UN court ruled that the UK should end its control of the Indian Ocean archipelago, which includes a US military base.

Mauritius says it was forced to trade the islands in 1965 for independence.

The UK has said it does not recognise Mauritius’ claim to sovereignty.

Between 1968 and 1974, the UK forcibly removed thousands of Chagossians from their homelands and sent them more than 1,600km (1,000 miles) away to Mauritius and the Seychelles, where they faced extreme poverty and discrimination.

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Last modified: November 16, 2020