|Diego Garcia from the air, Photo U.S. Department of Defense|
If the United Kingdom loses control of the Chagos Archipelago and with it Diego Garcia, Washington may find itself negotiating with a new landlord: Mauritius. - See more at: http://www.futuredirections.org.au/publications/indian-ocean/29-indian-ocean-swa/1635-a-new-landlord-for-the-diego-garcia-military-base.html#sthash.LmPu3Hg6.dpuf
"In 1960, the United Nations declared that all peoples may freely determine their political status and pursue their economic, cultural and social development free from colonialism. Importantly, the boundaries of post-colonial states would be as they were when independence was achieved.
The atoll of Diego Garcia, which supports what is arguably the United States’ most important military base, was originally within the territory of Mauritius when independence talks began in the early 1960s. The British Government excised the Chagos territory before independence was granted in 1968, keeping it under UK sovereignty and allowing the newly-created British Indian Ocean Territory to be leased to the US." Full STORY
|Air Force Installation on Diego Garcia|