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US supports British sovereignty over Diego Garcia and other islands in Indian Ocean

Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Chagos archipelago and site of a major United States military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean leased from Britain in 1966./File Photo

Diego Garcia, the largest island in the Chagos archipelago and site of a major United States military base in the middle of the Indian Ocean leased from Britain in 1966./File Photo   | Photo Credit: Stringer

In a statement, the US State Department said it opposed a resolution of the dispute through the International Court of Justice as it would set a wrong precedent.

The United States Monday said it supports British sovereignty over the strategically important islands in the Indian Ocean, including Diego Garcia, and supported bilateral resolution of the dispute between United Kingdom and Mauritius.

In a statement, the US State Department said it opposed a resolution of the dispute through the International Court of Justice as it would set a wrong precedent.

Former Chagos Archipelago inhabitants who was evicted by the United Kingdom government by 1973, raise their hands for demanding the repatriation to their home islands on March 1, 2015 in Port Louis, Mauritius. Former residents of Chagos Archipelago, which is officially part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, demand their repatriation. Until 1973, the United Kingdom government have evicted the residents and allowed the United States to build a military base in Diego Garcia island.

Former Chagos Archipelago inhabitants who was evicted by the United Kingdom government by 1973, raise their hands for demanding the repatriation to their home islands on March 1, 2015 in Port Louis, Mauritius. Former residents of Chagos Archipelago, which is officially part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, demand their repatriation. Until 1973, the United Kingdom government have evicted the residents and allowed the United States to build a military base in Diego Garcia island.   | Photo Credit: Getty Images

 

The United States supports the United Kingdom’s continued sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and the April 30 statement of the UK government, State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said.

“The joint US-UK military base on Diego Garcia plays a critical role in the maintenance of regional and global peace and security,” she said.

Ms. Ortagus said the United States views the BIOT issue as a purely bilateral dispute between the UK and Mauritius, which can and should be addressed through efforts by both parties.

The United States remains concerned about the precedent the International Court of Justice (ICJ) could set for all UN member states.

UN General Assembly advisory opinion requests should not be used to litigate bilateral disputes, particularly when a state directly involved has not consented to the jurisdiction of the ICJ, she said.

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