[Coral-List] Chagos MPA - Continuing international dispute over boundaries

Richard Dunne RichardPDunne at aol.com
Fri Oct 1 09:54:29 EDT 2010


The Maldivian State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Naseem is 
reported as saying yesterday (30 Sept) that because the Chagos islands 
are uninhabited, they do not therefore generate a 200 nm EEZ under 

Naseem announced that the Maldives is to send a delegation to the UN in 
February next year in support of their submission.

Richard P Dunne

On 29/09/2010 08:16, Richard Dunne wrote:
>    Which then leads one in the direction of Article 121 of the United
> Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
> "Art 121.3 Rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life
> of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf."
> An island becomes a 'Rock' when this applies.
> The  'inability to sustain human habitation', is also what the UK
> Government has repeatedly asserted was the finding of their Chagos
> Resettlement Study in 2002.
> In these circumstances an MPA can only extend 3nm from each island (the
> limit of the territorial sea for the Chagos).
> Richard P Dunne
> On 28/09/2010 21:44, Douglas Fenner wrote:
>> I wouldn't consider either Chagos or the Maldives permanently
>> inhabited, nor Kiribati, or the Marshall Is., or Tuvalu or the
>> Tuomotus.  "Permanent" is a long time (even though people love to call
>> their monitoring transects "permenent," sounds impressive).  My
>> understanding is that even if all carbon emissions ended today (which
>> it certainly won't), global temperatures will stabilize at 2-3 C
>> higher than a couple decades ago, but sea level rise will continue for
>> at least 1000 years.  At 3 mm a year that would be about 3 m total
>> rise.  Happy snorkeling!    (I believe that the presidents of both the
>> Maldives and Kiribati have talked about planning for moving their
>> entire populations.)    Doug
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Richard Dunne"
>> <RichardPDunne at aol.com>
>> To: "Coral List"<coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>
>> Sent: Monday, September 27, 2010 11:47 PM
>> Subject: [Coral-List] Chagos MPA - Continuing international dispute
>> overboundaries
>>>   Dear Listers
>>> On 26 July 2010 the Government of the Republic of the Maldives filed a
>>> submission to the United Nations (Commission on the Limits of the
>>> Continental Shelf) proposing to extend its seabed beyond the 200nm EEZ.
>>> The submission also clearly shows that the Maldivian EEZ overlaps an
>>> large area of the claimed Chagos Fisheries and Environment Zone, and the
>>> proposed MPA.
>>> The UK Government formally replied to the submission on 9 August, noting
>>> that it "does not take full account of the 200 nautical mile Fisheries
>>> and Environment Zones of the British Indian Ocean Territory", but that
>>> "The UK is fully committed to formalising these boundaries at the
>>> earliest opportunity with the Republic of Maldives".
>>> The UK and the Maldives last had discussions at a technical level in
>>> 1992 about the overlap of the respective 200nm claims. Dr Howells (UK
>>> Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs) confirmed in 2008 that
>>> formal agreement had still not been reached between the countries. On 9
>>> May 2010, the Maldivian Foreign Minister expressed concern over UK
>>> Foreign Secretary Milliband's declaration of the MPA, re-iterating that
>>> the demarcation line between the southern Maldives and Chagos had not
>>> been agreed. The Maldives contends that its claim to the area is
>>> supported by the fact that the Chagos is not permanently inhabited. To
>>> date there have been no further talks between the Maldives and the UK.
>>> -- 
>>> Richard P Dunne
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