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Russia says France 'illegitimately' holding Indian Ocean island

AFP  |  Moscow 

Russian Sergei on Friday accused of ignoring UN resolutions and illegitimately holding the archipelago of

Situated between and Mozambique, is the only island in the archipelago which did not split from after an independence referendum in 1974.

Even though opted to remain with its colonial-era power, the still claims control -- in which it is backed by several UN resolutions -- in a territorial dispute with

"Despite numerous resolutions adopted by the on this issue, France continues to illegitimately hold Mayotte," told a conference in alongside

"Countries which organised the separation of from Serbia, Mayotte from the Comoros, and have tried several times to change regimes in countries where they considered it necessary, show blatant double standards," said Lavrov, alluding to Western countries.

Mayotte, comprising two islands, Petite-Terre and Grande-Terre, today has the administrative status of a French "department," roughly equivalent to a county.

This entitles it to support for infrastructure, medical care, and education just as in mainland France.

Its citizens, living in the farthest region of the European Union, have unfettered rights to travel, work and live in the EU.

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 22:15 IST