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'File 10/10 II Bahrain Additional Area' [‎38r] (75/104)

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The record is made up of 1 file (52 folios). It was created in 31 Dec 1947-9 Nov 1949. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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no.C/h~lB2 The 30th April, 1949,
To V
Th« Chief Local Representative,
Bahrein Petroleus Co. Ltd« 9
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I>*ar Sir, Cl|| »
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With reftrrtcf to your letter f?o.C/P/-323
of the 28th Kerch 1948, on the sabjeet of the division
of the sea-be^ between Bahrain and Qeter f 1 have been
instructed to send you a copy of a letter on this
subject which has been addressed to His Highness the
Shaikh of Bahrain. This reply covers sost of the
points raised in ^•Ballantyne 1 s letter of the 5th
March 1948 to Mr.Harrlson. I ar to add that in making
their aeard f His Majesty 1 s/Oovernoient have felt thera-
selves bound to follow strictly the principle of equity
in adjudicating: the rive/ dales of the Shaikhs of
Bahrain and Qatar and that it has not therefore been
possible for thes to allow themselves to be Influence I
either by ^eolo^ical factors or by any consideration of
the services which may have been rendere'! in the past
by the Bahrain Petroleum Conpany.
£• 1 am also once more to point out that His
Majesty's decision is related to the see**ed only and in
no way affects navigational, fishing or other rights
in the waters above the sea^bed. The present position
regarding navlfatlon in the Sltrah channel will, therefore,
be In do way affected. His Majesty's Government are
fully aware of the iaportance of this channel not only
to the Bahrein ^etroleuc Company but to the Bahrain
islands generally, and will be at pains to tee that no
action is taken as a result of the decision reached
regarding the division of the sea-bed which will in any
way interfere with the u^e of the channel for navigational
Yours faithfully.

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams between the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifah, the Sheikh of Qatar, Abdullah Bin Qasim Al Thani, the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. in Bahrain and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO), on the division of the sea-bed between Bahrain and Qatar, notably the Hawar Islands and Deebel and Jaradeh shoals.

There are letters in Arabic and a map of Bahrain (folio 45).

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1 file (52 folios)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order.

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The foliation is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of each folio. The numbering begins on the front cover of the file, on number 1 and it carries on until 51, which is the last number given on the last page of writing. There is another foliation, incomplete and misplaced: the numbering starts with 4 on the first page of writing (folio 2) and ends with 136 (folio 31); missing folios: 6-23; 25-35; 38-42; 43-44; 49-54; 59-65; 67-74; 82-87; 88-95; 97-129; 133-135.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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