AU Expresses Concern after UK Failed to Return Islands to Mauritius

ADDIS ABEBA – African Union has expressed concern over the non-withdrawal of the United Kingdom from its colonial administration of the Chagos Archipelago.

The Chagos Archipelago was separated from Mauritius in 1965, when Mauritius was still a British colony. Britain purchased it for £3 million.

Mauritius says it was forced to give it up in exchange for independence, which it gained in 1968.

In May, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of the Chagos Islands being returned – with 116 states backing the move and only six against.

Chairperson of AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has expressed “his deep concern over the continued colonial administration” of the United Kingdom, said the pan African bloc.

The decision not to give up the territory violates the United Nations’ Resolution, which demands the United Kingdom to withdraw unconditionally within six months. That deadline expired today.

AUC’s chairperson reiterates the support of the African Union to of Mauritius and calls upon the United Kingdom “to comply with” UN’s Resolution.

He “requests the international community to continue its support to the Republic of Mauritius for complete decolonization of the Chagos Archipelago”.