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British Territories Travel: Where Are the Chagos Islands?

October 22, 2008 at 11:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

The British Government, five members of the House of Lords ruled today, does not have to let islanders return to the Chagos Archipelago, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean most notable for the Diego Garcia Naval Support Facility, set up through a secret agreement between the UK and the US in 1966.

As part of the deal, the hundreds Chagossians living there were forcibly removed, an effort that was completed in 1971. Since then, the natives have been fighting for the right to return to the islands. The latest ruling means the only way people are going to get to see the atolls any time soon is via satellite imagery.

We've made that a bit easier with our Chagos Archipelago Map.

Related Stories:
· The House of Lords Ruling [Official Site]
· Depopulation of Diego Garcia [Wikipedia]
· Islanders Told They Can't Go Home [Telegraph]

[Photo of B-1 Bombers on Diego Garcia: DoD]