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Cite as:  EWHC 2115 (Admin)
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QUEEN'S BENCH DIVISION
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
| The Queen
on the application of
Louis Olivier Bancoult
|- and -
|The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Steven Kovats QC (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the Defendant
Hearing dates: 4 July 2012
Crown Copyright ©
Lord Justice Stanley Burnton:
"7. …Roberts … asserted that establishing a marine park would, in effect, put paid to resettlement claims of the archipelago's former residents …"
"My objective was to reassure the US so that they did not oppose the MPA. The questioning, and much of the talking, came from the US side. The primary US concern was military security, and it was in this context that they raised the question of whether an MPA would prevent resettlement, that is both legal and illegal resettlement.
… I would have had no reason to say at the 12 May 2009 meeting anything to the effect that the MPA was motivated by a desire to prevent resettlement. That was not the UK position at any time, …."
The contentions of the parties