SAJ’S Ultimatum to the UK Expires Tonight

The ultimatum the Prime Minister had come up with for the UK will have expired by tonight, June 30. Mauritius will, then, be able to launch the procedures to involve the United Nations (UN) in the Chagos case.


Sir Anerood Jugnauth (SAJ) had communicated to British authorities an ultimatum revolving around the fate of Chagossians. He had stated that action would be taken if the UK did not return the Chagos to Mauritius.

«I asked for a reply to be given to my request by the end of June 2016, otherwise Mauritius would take appropriate action at the international level, including at the United Nations.»

On the other hand, the UK has denied the right of Mauritius to any claim on the archipelago. Furthermore, a letter was recently written to point this out – the British High Commission issued the correspondence in the name of both the UK and the US to explain that this claim is not recognised by either of them, and that, rather, they have been «absolutely clear about UK sovereignty of these islands, which have been British since 1814».

As such, the UK does not seem to intend to give up the Chagos to the Republic of Mauritius. Furthermore, they have not yet communicated a reply pertaining to the Chagos case.

It is to be noted that SAJ will be attending a function tonight at the McCarthy House at Vacoas, an event organised by the American embassy, given the 4th of July celebrations. The PM will also be meeting up with British diplomats. Nothing is confirmed yet as to the next step.

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