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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎48r] (95/104)

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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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- 5 -
7th December,
No. C/PA-449.
1950.
to work throughout the domains of the Ruler of Bahrein, this
company cannot properly enter into such a restrictive agree
ment. It is suggested, however, that to avoid damage to
rights unon either side and thus prevent any grievances which
would complicate a peaceful and just settlement of the dispute,
by mutual arrangement each sovereign involved migijt request
the companies holding concessions under him to refrair irom
work in the area of dispute for a stipulated period 01 time,
such period to terminate earlier upon the reaching of an
agreed settlement. Desiring to cooperate with the British
Government in its efforts to secure a just conclusion o 1 tne
ifdispute, The Bahrein Petroleum Company would not object to u ,
1 such a restriction of its contractual rights to develop all » v 0
1 domains of the Ruler of Bahrein. It appears that the area £
involved in the dispute and to which such requests would app y
is the area lying between the line proposed in your letter to
the Ruler, dated 23 December 1947, and the eastern line drawn f
by the Qatar company and cited in the Ruler s letter
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. dated 8 June 1938 and m 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. s
letter of the same date to The Bahrein Petroleum Company, 1
excepting the Hawar enclave, Fasht ad Dibal and ivatat ad Jaraae. ,
concerning which no dispute exists.
61 'Subsequent to the mutual suspension of work in the
area by request of the sovereigns, it is assumed that Rp- 5
Majesty’s Government would desire tnat the sovereigns w o
may be parties to the dispute agree to accept^a decision to
be reached after all have had a full opportunity to explain
the bases of the opposing claims and to furnish information
that may be of assistance in reaching a just conclusion.
Less than this would obviously be contrary to the requiremen s
of due nrocess upon which the English system of justice Rf 12
been built and which is now the foundation of peaceful relations
between the free nations of the world.
Y our s v ery truly.
/ "7
/
V\
R. M. Brown.
Chief Local Representative,
rrm? RAiTRTi’.TKf PETROLEUM COMPANY LIMITED

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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)
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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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