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The Sovereignty Of Mauritius Over The Chagos: “It Is A Sacred Duty”, Says PM

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Pravind Jugnauth was the guest of honour at the commemoration ceremony held at Quai C this morning. Speaking at the ceremony, the Head of Government said that he considered it a duty for Mauritius to exercise its sovereignty over the Chagos archipelago. As Prime Minister, I consider it a sacred duty. As it was for Sir Anerood Jugnauth,” he said.

commemoration ceremony held at Quai C

Furthermore, he emphasised that since 2014, the Government has been fighting relentlessly to complete the process of decolonisation of the Republic of Mauritius, so that we can finally exercise our sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago. “As Prime Minister, I consider this a sacred duty to follow in the footsteps of late Sir Anerood Jugnauth (SAJ), who initiated the long journey that enabled us to win the historic advisory opinion before the International Court of Justice (ICJ),” he said.

He went on to say that this mission requires political unity, and, it is in this context that SAJ had set up a Committee where each party seated in the National Assembly is represented by its leader on the Committee.

commemoration ceremony held at Quai C

Olivier Bancoult once again spoke of the Chagossians’ struggle. He said he understood that the security aspect was important, but there was also respect for human rights. The leader of the Chagos Refugee Group expressed his gratitude to the government and especially to Sir Anerood Jugnauth. He also condemned Boris Johnson’s remarks.

Olivier Bancoult believes that the Chagossian people deserve reparation and that this is the responsibility of the British and American governments.  He also hoped that these two countries would help Mauritius to rebuild the Chagos archipelago.

commemoration ceremony held at Quai C

On former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson: “He is a vile personality”, says Pravind Jugnauth

The Prime Minister was the guest of honour at the ceremony to commemorate the deportation of the Chagossians on Friday at Quai C. During his speech, he said that, for him, it was a sacred duty to allow Mauritius to exercise its sovereignty over the archipelago. He added that this was also the case for Sir Anerood Jugnauth. In his speech, Pravind Jugnauth also returned to these negotiations with the United Kingdom. Referring to his former British counterpart Boris Johnson, the head of government said that he was a “vile personality” who had not honoured his commitments.

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