AU renews support to Mauritius on Chagos Archipelago

Heads of State and Government of the African Union on Tuesday adopted a resolution renewing the support of the Continent to Mauritius on the Chagos Archipelago in its dispute with the UK.

In a communiqué, the Mauritian Foreign Affairs Ministry said the Summit had resolved to fully support the action initiated at the level of the United Nations General Assembly by the Government of Mauritius.

“The objective of this support is to ensure the completion of the decolonization of Mauritius and to enable it to effectively exercise its sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia,” it added.

Furthermore, the communiqué added, given the importance of the Chagos issue in the context of the decolonization process of Africa, the Summit has requested that it remained seized of the matter and had requested that it be kept informed of progress on the matter at the next summit.

Mauritius has threatened to take the UK to the international court of justice in a dispute over sovereignty of the Chagos Islands.