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Coordinates: 11°40′59″S 43°16′01″E -11.683, 43.267


The Comoros , Mwali (French Mohli), Nzwani (French Anjouan), and Mahor (French Mayotte), as well as many smaller islands. However, the government of the Union of the Comoros (or its predecessors since independence) has never administered the island of Mayotte, which France considers an overseas community and still administers. Since Mayotte was the only island in the archipelago that voted against independence from France, and France has vetoed United Nations Security Council resolutions that would affirm Comorian sovereignty over the island. Control never passed to the Comoros and a 29 March 2009 referendum on becoming an overseas department of France in 2011 passed overwhelmingly.The archipelago is notable for its diverse culture and history, as a nation formed at the crossroads of many civilizations. Though in the contested island of Mayotte the sole official language is French, the "Union of the Comoros" has three official languages Comorian (Shikomor), Arabic and French.The "Union of the Comoros" is the only state to be a member of each of the African Union, Francophonie, Organisation of the Islamic Conference, Arab League, and Indian Ocean Commission, among other international organizations. However, it has had a troubled history since independence in 1975, marked by numerous coups d'tat.[1]


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