Occupying an area of 17 square miles 44 square km , it consists of a V-shaped sand-fringed cay about 15 miles 24 km in length with a maximum width of about 7 miles 11 km ; its lagoon is open at the north end. Discovered by the Portuguese in the early 16th century, it was for most of its history a dependency of Mauritius. The production of copra from coconut palms was the only economic activity until the early s, when the last of the plantation workers and their families were removed—mostly to Mauritius, but smaller numbers went to Seychelles and Great Britain. This was done to enable the development of U. In the late s, islanders from the Chagos Archipelago, including Diego Garcia, sued for the right to return home, and in a British court ruled that the ordinance banning them from the islands was unlawful. In the British government lost its case before the Court of Appeal but announced its intention to challenge that decision in the House of Lords. The following year a majority of the panel of five Law Lords ruled against the islanders, although the government expressed regret for the original removal. In the UN General Assembly formally requested that the International Court of Justice ICJ review whether the decolonization of Mauritius, with regard to the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius, had been lawfully completed and what the consequences of British rule over the Chagos Archipelago had been.
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It's a horseshoe-shaped atoll of about 17 square miles.
Subscriber Account active since. On the remote tropical island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean lies a secretive, strategically vital US military base. The base has served as a launchpad for US military operations in the Middle East and as a refueling point for Air Force patrols headed to the South China Sea, and it was even designated an emergency landing spot for space missions by NASA. But this distant outpost of American power isn't located on US territory. Instead it occupies what used to be part of the British Empire — and its former owners want it back. But a recent ruling from the UN's highest court said Diego Garcia and the islands around it were illegally taken by Britain and should be returned. Though the ruling is not binding, it has put the future of the base in doubt.
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Jump to navigation. Katie McQue reports. This was his pay for a whole month working as a warehouse caretaker. It was , and Danilo had begun his two-year contract on the secretive US military base known as Diego Garcia, located on a small island in the Indian Ocean. This paltry salary was because of hiring costs he was made to pay to his new employer upon starting his job for the US military and the remittance he was required by contract to send to his family in the Philippines. Things did not improve throughout his years on Diego Garcia.
War on the Rocks is proud to be publishing select articles from The Interpreter. Sovereignty over the island is increasingly being challenged by Mauritius, but it seems unlikely that Washington would be interested in doing a deal that would facilitate its transfer. The base has its origins in the s as decolonization swept over the region and Soviet influence grew in many of the newly independent countries. But it was China, not the Soviet Union, that spurred Washington to focus on acquiring a base. President Kennedy was not willing to go that far, and decided to dispatch the U.