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Re: Collector coins of Britain's uninhabited overseas territories
« Reply #30 on: May 22, 2019, 08:08:14 PM »
UK suffers crushing defeat in UN vote on Chagos Islands

The United Nations general assembly has overwhelmingly backed a motion condemning Britain’s occupation of the remote Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean.

The vote, which left the UK diplomatically isolated, set a six-month deadline for the UK to withdraw from the archipelago and for it to be reunified with neighbouring Mauritius.

The motion, drafted by Senegal on behalf of African states, was backed by 116 countries. Only five – the US, Hungary, Israel, Australia and the Maldives – voted with the UK and 56 abstained.

The UK’s closest European allies, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland and Romania, chose to abstain. Others, among them Austria, Greece, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, voted for the UK to relinquish sovereignty.
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« Reply #31 on: May 22, 2019, 08:28:29 PM »
I am glad about the decision and hope it will eventually lead to the return of the Chagossians who have had to wait for this way too long. The 6-month deadline until November 22 is probably a bit short though. Disappointing that my country abstained from voting.

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Re: Collector coins of Britain's uninhabited overseas territories
« Reply #32 on: May 22, 2019, 10:01:16 PM »
The UK’s closest European allies, including France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Poland and Romania, chose to abstain.

There's a lesson here somewhere. If only we could find it.

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« Reply #33 on: May 22, 2019, 10:37:52 PM »
There's a lesson here somewhere. If only we could find it.

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Some would probably call it diplomacy. Personally I think they failed to set their own interests aside for what clearly appeared to be the greater good.

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Re: Collector coins of Britain's uninhabited overseas territories
« Reply #34 on: November 22, 2019, 11:31:09 AM »
The deadline for the return of the Chagos Islands has now passed. Shortly after the deadline passed at midnight, the PM of Mauritius called the UK "an illegal colonial occupier".

In response, a Foreign Office spokesperson said: “The UK has no doubt as to our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814. Mauritius has never held sovereignty over the BIOT and the UK does not recognise its claim.”