African Union urges Britain to cede Chagos Islands, end "colonial" rule

The African Union called on Friday for Britain to leave the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean.

In May, the United Nations voted in favor of the UK returning the islands to Mauritius by November 22.

The top U.N. court also ruled earlier this year that the islands belonged to Mauritius.

The African Union urged Britain to comply with the U.N. resolution on Friday, and said it supported the 'complete decolonization' of the Chagos Islands.

Britain does not recognize the sovereignty claims made by Mauritius.

Britain's Foreign Office said they have no doubt to their sovereignty over the territory which they say has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814.

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said the UK was violating international law.

The only inhabited island in the archipelago is home to Diego Garcia U.S. military base - a stretch of land rented out by Britain.

Mauritius said it will allow the U.S. to operate the base it if takes control of the islands.