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Chagos Islands

Modified 31 Oct 2002

South of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. ex-BIOT (British Indian Ocean Territory), now a British commonwealth member. Almost 2000 islanders were moved to Mauritius and the Seychelles in 1971, to establish a military base on Diego Garcia. The island is now leased by the U.S. government as a military base. Around 1980 the British government made a payment it intended as settlement of all claims. The government more recently said it would allow the islanders to return to all islands except Deigo Garcia. In 2000 a London court ruled that the deportation was illegal.

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