The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan, has demanded that Britain and the United States hold talks for the return of Diego Garcia to his country.
GV Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi's office building, New Delhi, India.
SV INT Mrs Gandhi speaking in English PAN TO Mauritius Prime Minister Sir Seewoosagur Ramgooolan and Mauritius High Commissioner in India, Mr. M.M. Khurana.
GV President Neelam Sanjiva Reddy's house "Bomb".
SV ZOOM INTO President Reddy speaking in English PAN TO Seewoosagur ZOOM OUT TO SHOW Mr. Khurana.
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Background: The Prime Minister of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan, has demanded that Britain and the United States hold talks for the return of Diego Garcia to his country. The small, but strategic, inland, now part of British Indian Ocean territory, was separated from Mauritius before independence from Britain in 1968. Diego Garcia is now being built into a major U.S. military base in response to the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. Sir Seewoosagur made his demand on the first day of an official visit to India.
SYNOPSIS: He met with Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in her office soon after his arrival on Monday (27 October). He said their two countries enjoy close ties, and that Mrs Gandhi has always supported the cause of mauritius on Diego Garcia. Last month, Mrs Gandhi herself expressed grave concern over the military base and as she put it, "even nuclear" build-up on the island, which was detached from Mauritius in 1965.
Sir Seewoosagur and the Mauritian High Commissioner, Mr.M. Khurana, also called on President Sanjiva Reddy. The Prime Minister said he had taken up the Diego Garcia question with the U.S. State Department and the British Foreign Office. In London, officials said Mrs Thatcher had told Sir Seewoosagur on his visit to Britain last July that the agreement signed by the Mauritian government allowed for the island's return only if it was no longer needed for defence purposes.