Cyprus Supports Mauritius Territorial Claims Against the UK

This week at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Cyprus among 22 countries will submit validations in an on-going dispute between the UK and Mauritius, which intends to return a group of islands in the Indian Ocean that previously belonged to the former colonial ruler.

In 1968 Mauritius declared its independence and the island's representatives claimed that Britain illegally divided its territory during the colonial period. Therefore it will be decided whether the division of Mauritius territory is legal in accordance with international law.

Attorney general of Cyprus Costas Clerides stated: "This issue is of a political nature. Any country can use this decision in the way that it considers most appropriate".