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British Indian Ocean Territory: Ilois

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL3285, tabled on 8 November 2022

To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Statement by the Secretary of State at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office on 3 November (HCWS354), what steps they are taking to take account of the views of the Chagossian communities, including those based in the UK, with regard to issues relating to the former inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago and their descendants.

Answered on

29 November 2022

The UK and Mauritius have decided to begin negotiations on the exercise of sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory/Chagos Archipelago. We know there are a wide range of views among Chagossian communities about the future of the British Indian Ocean Territory / Chagos Archipelago and will ensure we have conversations with communities.