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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎3r] (5/104)

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The record is made up of 1 file (50 folios). It was created in 23 Dec 1947-17 Dec 1950. 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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4, The exceptions referred to above are:-
His Highness the Shaikh of Bahrain is recognised
as having soverign rights in
(i) the areas of the Dibal and Jaradeh shoals
which are above the spring tide low-water
level. After a full examination of the
position under international law, His
Majesty’s Government are of opinion that
these shoals should not be considered to
be islands having territorial waters.
(ii) Hawar Island, the islands of the Hawar
group and the territorial waters pertain
ing thereto and delimited again in accord
ance with the usual principles of inter
national law. These islands and their
territorial waters are shown on the map
enclosed by the line A, B, C, D, E, F, G,
H, I, J, K and L. As this delimitation
will, however, leave a narrow tongue of
water (formed by the points M, J, and I)
pertaining to Qatar it has been decided
to alter the line H, I, J, to H, P, Q,
thus exchanging an equal area P I 0 for
0 J Q, It should be noted that Janan
Island is not regarded as being included
in the islands of the two Hawar group.
5, The points mentioned are defined as follows:-
^Position . True Bearing . Nautical Miles . From
6 ,
N. point of Habadh I.
N,E,corner of Ajaira I,
E,corner of No,S A1 Wakara]
ft N ft If
tf It tf ft
No.8 Bu Sa* ada I.
ti tt t«
S.E. corner of Hawar I,
n ft tt tt
W,corner of A1 Ma'taradh.
tt tt tt n
ft ft M tl
The assigned positions of (a) the North Sitra Light
Buoy, and (b) the Bahrain Light Vessel should be:
(a) 061i° true 15,20 Nautical Miles, and
(b) 046^° true 28,05 Nautical Miles from the
political Agent’s flagstaff Latitude 26°
14»,1 N, Longitude 50° 35*.2 E (approxi
mately) , as the positions of floating marks
are subject to frequent alteration. The
other points on the main dividing line should
be defined as K,104° true 9,53 Nautical Miles,
and M,180° true 18,03 Nautical Miles from the
Triangulation Station No. 102 at Has al Barr.

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The file contains correspondence, mostly in English and Arabic, between the Ruler of Qatar, Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī (from August 1949 Shaikh ‘Alī bin ‘Abdullāh Āl Thānī); the Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah; the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain and 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. at Bahrain; regarding the jurisdiction over the seabed adjacent to the coastline, for the purpose of oil drilling offshore. The papers include a dispute between the Ruler of Qatar and Petroleum Development Qatar Ltd on the interpretation of the oil concession with regard to the Qatar coastal waters and Decision of Arbitrators (folios 13-19).

The file also contains correspondence with the Ruler of Qatar and Superior Oil Company, concerning the Company’s request for permission to drill in the shoals represented on folio 41, and considering claims of the Ruler of Bahrain over the same shoals.

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1 file (50 folios)

The papers in the file are arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 52; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. An additional incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-51; these numbers are written in a combination of pencil and ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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