from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- A British dependency comprising small islands in the western Indian Ocean. It was formed in 1965 by agreement with Mauritius and Seychelles.
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- proper noun a UK overseas territory in the middle of the Indian Ocean between Africa and Indonesia; created in 1965; currently used as a joint US/UK military base
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That's what happened to the people of Diego Garcia, the only inhabited island in Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, a remote UK colony officially known as the British Indian Ocean Territory.
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Britain has pledged to cede the islands, now called the British Indian Ocean Territory, to Mauritius in the vague hope that islanders will be allowed to return.
The Chagos Archipelago is a chain of 60 islands in the British Indian Ocean Territory.
He accused it of pursuing "a racist and colonial policy" by backing the decision of the former foreign secretary, David Miliband, to declare the Chagos archipelago part of the British Indian Ocean Territory – a marine protected area in 2010 – to block the islanders' right of return.
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In December 2003, I raised the possibility that prisoners were being held illegally on Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, in the Independent.
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The Chagos Islands are part of the British Indian Ocean Territory and were occupied by the Chagossians – many of whom were shipped in to work on plantations – from the late 18th century.
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Then, in a demonstration of US and UK resolve, the commissioner of the British Indian Ocean Territory, as it was now renamed, gave the order for the islanders 'pet dogs to be killed; after US soldiers armed with M16 rifles failed to shoot them all, the animals were gassed as their owners looked on.
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The Royal Society acquired a 14-year lease in 1976 from the Government of the British Indian Ocean Territory.
Chagos is part of British Indian Ocean Territory, though the Seychelles disputes this, also claiming Diego Garcia Island.
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The Island of Diego Garcia discovered in the 1500s by the Portugese was a territory of Mauritius between 1814 and 1965, at which point it became part of part of the Chagos Archipelago, part of the newly created British Indian Ocean Territory.
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