Diego Garcia: The costs of defending an Indian Ocean outpost

Author name: 
Samuel Bashfield
Year: 
2019
Month: 
December
Abstract: 

Australian support for Britain’s contentious Chagos sovereignty claim risks delegitimising its South China Sea policy.

By Samuel Bashfield

On 22 November, the United Kingdom failed to comply with UN Resolution 73/295 passed in May, which demanded the UK “withdraw its colonial administration from the Chagos Archipelago unconditionally within a period of no more than six months”. Australia was one of only six states to vote against the resolution (in addition to the United States, UK, Hungary, Israel, and the Maldives). In missing the November 22 deadline, the UK has been branded an illegal colonial occupier by Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, who claims the Archipelago as Mauritian.

This publication origianlly appeared in the Interpreter

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