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Peers criticise creation of Chagos marine reserve

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On 6 April 2010, Lord Wallace of Saltaire asked a Private Notice Question on Foreign Secretary David Miliband's recent announcement that a new marine reserve would be established around the Chagos Islands.

The reserve would cover a 545,000-sq-km area around the islands in the Indian Ocean archipelago, making it the largest marine reserve in the world.

Mr Miliband has said the marine reserve will "double the global coverage of the world's oceans under protection".

However, islanders who were evicted to make way for a US air base on Diego Garcia in the 1960s and 70s have criticised the move, saying it will stop them from ever returning to the islands as fishing is their main livelihood.

In 2008, Law Lords ruled against letting Chagos Islanders return but they are now pursuing their case through the European courts.

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