Richard Burt
Richard Burt

McLarty Inbound is providing strategic communications and advisory services to the African island nation of Mauritius, which is seeking global recognition of its sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago.

The UK carved Chagos from former colony Mauritius in 1965, expelled its residents and leased its largest island, Diego Garcia, to the US for a joint military base in the Indian Ocean.

The International Court of Justice in February ordered the UK to return Chagos to Mauritius. The UN passed a resolution last month, calling for the same.

Richard Burt, managing director of MI, oversees his firm’s work on the six-month contract worth $210K. He is the former US ambassador to Germany and chief American negotiator in the strategic arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union.

MI is the government relations unit of McLarty Assocs, which was founded by Mack McLarty, President Clinton’s chief of staff.