Selin ATAY-TDO- The African Union has called for Britain to end its colonial rule in the Chagos Archipelago, which belongs to Mauritius, and withdraw from the region.

The head of the African Union Commission, Musa Faki Mohammed, said in a written statement that he was deeply concerned about the colonial rule the UK maintains in the Chagos Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean, in violation of a United Nations (UN) resolution.

Stating that they would continue to support Mauritius for the region's independence, he recalled that the 6-month deadline for his withdrawal to Britain expired on 22 November.

Mohammed called on Britain to abide by the decisions taken by both the International Court of Justice and the UN General Assembly, and asked the international public to support Mauritius.

The International Court of Justice had recommended on February 25 that Britain return the Chagos Archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean, to Mauritius. On 22 May, the UN General Assembly demanded that Britain cede control of the archipelago to Mauritius within 6 months.

The Republic of Mauritius, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, became a colony of the Netherlands in 1598 and of France in 1715. Mauritius came under British rule with the Treaty of Paris in 1814. Having exploited these islands for nearly 150 years, Britain, under UN pressure, separated the Chagos Archipelago from the country 3 years before it granted independence to Mauritius in 1968.


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