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An article in today’s News Now quotes Arvin Boolell’s plans to pursue the Chagos issue with Britain. It then continues:

Meanwhile, British High Commissioner (BHC) to Mauritius John Murton has said no final decision has yet been taken concerning the creation of a Marine Protected Area.

According to the news agency APA, Mr Murton is reported to have indicated that it is usual practice in Britain to hold consultations on questions of general interest in order to have the maximum possible views before a final decision is taken and that this also applies to the MPA.

“Consultation does not mean execution,” argued Mr Murton. He stated that the comments on the consultations on the MPA have created a false impression that the British government has already decided to go forward with the plan.

“The British government is waiting for the report of the facilitator in order to see if the MPA should be set up,” he said.

The High Commissioner reiterated that at the very beginning of the consultations, it was understood that the consultations will, in no way, affect the debates on the sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago.

“It does not affect our commitment to cede the island when it is no longer needed for defence purposes,” he said, adding that the consultations do not put in question the return of the Chagossians to the archipelago. Observers were surprised by Mr Murton’s statements.

Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, had recently given a clear definition of the official line of the British government by declaring that “there is no question that the Chagossians will be allowed to go back to the Chagos Archipelago”.

Given the announcement by the UK that it has already designated the archipelago as an MPA, doesn’t this make the British look like a bunch of  two-faced idiots? Our investigations, however, reveal that the real comedians are News Now. The APA article pre-dates the UK’s announcement. So is News Now using out of date “news” in a war of misinformation? Or are they simply incompetent? Remember they are part of BA Investments, chaired by Dawood Rawat – Mauritius’ answer to media mogul Rupert Murdoch and major funder of the Alliance de l’Avenir.

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