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UN overwhelmingly backs demand that Britain cede Chagos islands

AFP  |  United Nations 

In a stinging defeat for Britain, the on Wednesday overwhelmingly demanded that cede to the British-ruled Chagos islands, home to an important military base.

A total of 116 voted in favour of a non-binding resolution presented by African that called on Britain to "withdraw its colonial administration" from the Chagos within six months.

Only six including Britain and the voted against the measure in the 193-nation assembly while 56 others abstained.

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First Published: Thu, May 23 2019. 00:55 IST