Mauritius Ruling a “Tool” for Cyprus on UK Bases

The Peace Palace, home of the International Court of Justice, in the Hague, Netherlands, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cyprus’ attorney general says a United Nations top court ruling on Mauritius is a “legal tool” the Cypriot government could use to negotiate the status of two British military bases on the east Mediterranean island nation.

The International Court of Justice said in an advisory opinion that the U.K. illegally carved up Mauritius when it ended its colonization of the Indian Ocean islands.

Costas Clerides told private TV station Sigma the “landmark” opinion underscores that such issues must be examined under current international legal principles and not those of the past.

Britain retained two military bases on Cyprus when the country gained independence from British colonial rule in 1960. The bases are enshrined in Cyprus’ constitution.

But Clerides said this may be challenged because agreements signed under conditions that prevailed during that time were “far removed” from what could be considered as an “exercise in free will.”

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  1. Britain deported some 1,500 islanders in order to lease the largest island, Diego Garcia, to the US which set up an airbase there in 1971.. and has .used in war crimes bombing of the Middle East!….

    Like Mauritius..the Greek Cypriots were removed by Turkey , U.S and Britain ..and never allowed to return!

    Just another Anglo American and British example of an alliance to add military bases … to take control of all independent countries of the world, and witnessed in the FYROM DEAL and the blatant attacks on Venezuela!.

    Of course …the British should be removed from Cyprus .and now stipulated by the International court…but more importantly, they are now occupiers in a Non Nato country and they are not even in the Cyprus! ..

    The British have been the champion of Turkish admission to the EU..despite the U.N resolutions for Turkey to remove itself from Cyprus!

    The British bases serve Nato with Turkey in Cyprus , to launch and wage illegal war crimes bombings in the Middle East ..and have threaten Russia with military attacks , which threaten the security and peace of all the people of Cyprus, who could be subjected to catastrophic military retaliation against Cyprus by Russia or any other enemies of the British.colonialist!

    No legitimate government or country in the world .. would allow a foreign government to wage war from their shores , undeclared by the people of Cyprus ..which can evoke war on their citizens!

    Send the British home!

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