The Indian Ocean archipelago of the Comoros vowed Friday to not settle for migrants expelled from the neighbouring French island of Mayotte in a looming operation that has precipitated a diplomatic spat.
These with out papers are to be despatched again to the Comoran island of Anjouan, 70 kilometres (45 miles) away.
“The Comoros don’t intend to welcome individuals expelled as a part of the operation deliberate by the French authorities in Mayotte,” authorities spokesman Houmed Msaidie informed AFP.
Msaidie stated the deliberate motion went towards “the spirit and the letter” of agreements between the 2 nations.
Moroni earlier urged Paris to drop the operation, which was accredited by French President Emmanuel Macron in February.
Mayotte and the three islands of the present-day Comoros had been French territories till 1975.
Following a referendum, Grande Comore, Moheli and Anjouan islands declared themselves to be a separate nation, the Union of the Comoros.
However Mayotte voted to stay a French abroad territory and later grew to become a French division — a standing rejected by the Comoros, which continues to assert the island.
Mayotte is France’s poorest division with round 80 p.c of the inhabitants residing beneath the poverty line and excessive ranges of social delinquency.
But it surely additionally advantages from French infrastructure help and welfare, and this has precipitated an inflow from the Comoros, with many migrants trying the hazardous crossing on rickety boats utilized by smugglers.