LETTER: Call for islands to be returned

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Diego Garcia is the US military base to which Crawley’s Tory MP Henry Smith refers in his first speech in the new Parliament.

This American base, built on the tiny Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, is home to an arsenal of nuclear weapons which could destroy the planet many times over.

These tiny islands were also home to the Chagossian people, most of whom were booted out to make way for the nuclear base - and many of whom now live in Crawley.

This MP is calling for the British Government - which once ‘owned’ these islands as a colonial power - to ensure the right of return of the Chagos Islanders.

Henry Smith’s call, in the interests of the Chagossians, will be taken as seriously as my call for the immediate closure of this US military base, in the interests of humanity.

Richard W Symonds, Ifield Village


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