GIS - 22 September 2017: Mauritius highly values the importance of its integration within Africa and believes in the universal benefits of the continental integration of Africa, said the Prime Minister, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, in his address at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on 21 September 2017.
The Agenda 2063 of the African Union adopted in January 2015 is in consonance with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and provides a strategy for development that is people- driven and respectful of the rule of law”, he said.
“This vision of Africa will be carried by its people and its youth. Today Africa is home to a growing youthful population, and is experiencing increased urbanization. Along with the digital transformation of the continent, improving infrastructure and connectivity, and its rich wind, hydro and solar capacity, Africa has the potential of becoming a beacon for sustainable development. It is geared to become a driver of economic growth and a huge consumer market”, said Mr Jugnauth.
The Prime Minister expressed his thanks to UN Member States for their continued support in the completion of the decolonisation process of Mauritius. Member States of the Group of African States tabled last June a resolution seeking an Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice on the legal consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965. The resolution was adopted by a resounding majority.
According to the Prime Minister, that vote demonstrated the great importance that the Member States from across the globe – not just Africa, but also Europe, Asia and the Americas – attach to the need to complete the process of decolonisation, as well as the concern they have for the injustices caused to the evicted inhabitants of the Chagos Archipelago.
He seized the opportunity to reaffirm that Mauritius does not have any intention of seeking the disruption of the security arrangements currently in place in Diego Garcia, the biggest island of the Chagos Archipelago.
“Mauritius is willing to enter into a long-term renewable lease with the United States to allow these security arrangements to remain in place”. In this regard, completing the process of decolonization will enhance security by providing legality and certainty”, said the Prime Minister.
While recalling that Tromelin, which has always formed and continues to form an integral part of the territory of Mauritius, Mr Jugnauth expressed his appreciation of the constructive progress made with France, including the agreement reached in 2010.
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