British Indian Ocean Territory or Chagos Island
- - population 3,000.
THRIVING: A hawksbill turtle - one of t species flourishing in the Chagos island
Charles Sheppard diving at Salomon atoll, Chagos, and (below) divers research the reef d ff l ll
The British government has won its appeal over court rulings that allowed displaced Chagos Islands
inhabitants to return to their homes in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Some2,000residentswere forced out of the Chagos Islands
when the British colony was leased to the US in the 1960s to build an airbase on the atoll of Diego Garcia.
Some 2,000 islanders were had to quit the Chagos Islands
in the Indian Ocean when the British colony was leased to the USA for an air base.
And the Foreign Affairs Committee can look forward to pounds 61,000 worth of sea and sun in the Indian Ocean's peaceful Chagos Islands
- to discuss global security.
2, The Chagos Islands
which were evacuated 40 years ago to make way for the Diego Garcia US base.
Only a handful at Westminster seemed concerned at the disgraceful treatment of people from the Chagos Islands
, forced off their Indian Ocean home so that Diego Garcia could be turned into a US military base.
Yet the 6000-mile gulf between historic Linlithgow, West Lothian, and the Chagos Islands
, in the Indian Ocean, is about to be bridged.
I'm glad to hear that the people of the Chagos Islands
might be allowed to return home after more than 40 years in forced exile.
Little did she or her officials know that her arrival would coincide with the release of the first of approximately 200 Wikileaks of US embassy cables concerning Diego Garcia and the other Chagos Islands
Earlier this year, we saw this cynicism in action once again, when David Miliband, foreign secretary in the previous Labor government, declared the Chagos Islands
to be a protected marine zone, thereby preventing the islanders - if eventually they do return - from making their living from fishing.