To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 16 October 2017 to Question 105948, on which occasions the Government of Mauritius has made known to the Government its claim that the British Indian Ocean Territory is part of Mauritius.
23 October 2017
Mauritius amended its Constitution in 1982 to include the Chagos Archipelago (which the UK administers as the British Indian Ocean Territory) within its Territory. The Government of Mauritius repeatedly makes the claim both in public and private that the Chagos Archipelago is part of Mauritius. Most recently Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth made this point during his speech at the UN General Assembly in September. The UK is clear about its sovereignty of the British Indian Ocean Territory and strongly rejects Mauritius' claim that the Territory is part of Mauritius.