The territory under the auspices of the United Kingdom in the Chagos Archipelago was officially disputed after Mauritius’ Ambassador to the United Nations, Jagdish Kongol, hoisted the flag of the Republic of Mauritius atop the island of Pyrrhus Banhos, The British Guardian newspaper.
At a ceremony on Monday, the Mauritian authorities sang the country’s national anthem and hoisted red, blue, yellow and green inscriptions on the flagpole.
“We are doing the symbolic act of raising the flag, as the British did so many times to establish colonies. However, we are taking back what was always ours,” Konjol said.
Then it was the turn of the Mauritanian Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, to make his voice heard through a pre-recorded message, which was broadcast over a loudspeaker to the citizens of Chagos, officials from the island of Mauritius and the media gathered on the beach.
As a result of this action, a plaque was placed under the flag that read: “Visit of the delegation of Mauritius to the Pyrrhus Baths archipelago, in the Republic of Mauritius, in the course of a scientific expedition to the Blenheim Reef.”
“This is the first time that the Republic of Mauritius has led an expedition to this part of its territory,” he said. “I am sad that I was not able to participate in this historic visit.” Preserving the marine environment and human rights, in a clear indication of the return of the Chagos people.
The Prime Minister of Mauritius said in a phone call to Britain’s Guardian newspaper shortly after the flag was hoisted: “This is a very emotional moment for me and a very historic moment for us because we are able to fly our flag in our land. The international community and international institutions have already decided that this is our land. We are doing a legitimate order.”
When asked about a possible reaction from the Republic of Mauritius if British officials decide to remove the newly planted flag, Jugnauth said that if they removed it “this would be considered a provocation on your part”, because the UK “would not be”. to respect the provisions of international law.
In 2019, the United Nations already informed the mandatory return of the Chagos Islands to the Republic of Mauritius.
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