Mauritius Prime Minister Sir Aneerood Jugnauth on Saturday sent a congratulatory message to David Cameron, re-elected as Britain’s PM, in which he asked the latter to resolve the dispute over the sovereignty of Chagos archipelago.
In his message, the head of Mauritius government recalled the historical and friendly ties between the two countries and called for the reinforcement of bilateral ties between the two nations.
Chagos archipelago, an island within the Indian Ocean, was hived off the Mauritius Island in the run-up to the country’s independence in 1965.
Mauritius has continued to claim its sovereignty over the archipelago whose main island, Diego Garcia, hosts a U.S. military base.
“It is in this friendly spirit that I believe we shall be able to quickly resolve the conflict over the sovereignty of Chagos archipelago,” Jugnauth wrote in the letter.
In March this year, Mauritius won a major battle at the International Court of Arbitration in the Hague, which outlawed London’s decision to construct a marine park on the Chagos island without authorization of Mauritius island.
The court also restored Mauritius’ right to use Chagos’ territorial waters and exploitation of its marine resources. Enditem