Pope says Britain should obey U.N., return islands, including U.S. base

By Philip Pullella

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) – Pope Francis said on Tuesday Britain should comply with a U.N. resolution and return a chain of islands it holds in the Indian Ocean to Mauritius, including one rented to the United States for the Diego Garcia air base.

In greetings to various delegations after a Mass on Monday in Mauritius, Francis referred to the archipelago and used the name Chagos Islands, which Britain rules as the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT).

Authorities saw the mention as boost for their claim and in an address…
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