Britain has not handed over control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius within the UN deadline, according to the Evening Standard newspaper.
In February, the international court of justice issued an Advisory opinion in which it concluded that the process of decolonization of Mauritius, which led to the separation of the Chagos archipelago from it, was illegal. In May, a majority of member countries voted for Britain to relinquish control of the Islands.
As the newspaper reminds, the UN gave London six months to transfer control of the Islands to Mauritius, which expired on Friday. Britain does not recognize Mauritius ‘ claim to sovereignty over the archipelago and does not consider the decisions of either the International court of justice or the UN binding.
The process of decolonization of Mauritius was completed with the granting of independence in 1968. At the same time, the Chagos archipelago was separated from Mauritius, which remained under the control of Great Britain. The current Mauritian authorities considered this process illegal-they complain that they can not settle in the Chagos archipelago of its citizens, in particular, persons of Chagos origin.
In 1960, the UN Declaration on the granting of independence to colonial countries and peoples was adopted. The General Assembly Committee on decolonization was established in 1961 to monitor its implementation.