A new Prime Minister, and a changing of the guard at the Foreign Office, is a chance to change tack on the British Indian Ocean Territory.
Posts by David Snoxell
David Snoxell is Co-ordinator of the Chagos Islands (BIOT) All-Party Parliamentary Group.
David Snoxell: The International Court of Justice may put more pressure on the UK over the Chagos Islands
The Government’s long rearguard defence of the British Indian Ocean Territory has reached a higher theatre than I ever expected.
The British Indian Ocean Territory is clearly a reminder to too many member nations of our lingering colonial legacy.
The decision not to allow resettlement of the Chagos Islands is a travesty. But a means of finding a way forward is to hand.
With compromise and diplomacy a political settlement involving the US and Mauritius could be agreed in time.
Britain should dispose of this albatross, and right long-standing wrongs.
After almost 50 years, a new report paves the way for the return of the Chagos islanders to the British Indian Ocean Territory.
A decade of legal wrangling over the Chagos Islands could be brought to a close – if the Government gets a move on, that is.
Chagossians can now, after 45 years, be a little optimistic about their future. But will enough progress be made by the time the next election takes place?