'B. 56. Confidential 86/14 - v. BAHRAIN UNALLOTED AREA.' [86r] (176/510)
The record is made up of 1 volume (251 folios). It was created in 14 Feb 1939-2 Aug 1939. 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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Translation of comments on the statement of
the Bahrain Government in the case of Hawar
Islands. Submitted by the Huler of Qatar.
1. The Bahrain Government try to find out
justification for the action they dared in the
Hawar Islands out they fall into confusion about
the matter. They lose the point and then have
recourse to sophistication and the obliteration
01 facts to which no one, who has the least know
ledge of conditions which prevailed in these islandsL
in the past, would support them.
In studying their memorandum and examining
its contents I did not find out that they have
put forward even a fraction of the evidence which
can be considered as sufficient proof from an
indicative point of view, or a proof which can be a
likely argument to justify their recent action in
islands which form a part of Qatar. All that it
contained are some far fetched allegations which
are remote from the truth.
^he Bahrain Government deny my statement that
they did not occupy those islands except in recent
■^ays, and they allege that they belong to the
Bahrain, and that they were inhabited by
their subjects for more than a century. Then they
recant and contradict their own allegations and
support my statement in saying that their military
detachment was only recently stationed there.
3. Whoever views this allegation will find it
not only illogical but also far away from sensibi
lity, and will be surprised by its strangeness and
bare-faced contradictory appearance. That islands
which are so described by the Bahrain Government,
and which they claim as belonging to them and in-
haoited by their subjects for over a century, should
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The volume comprises correspondence between the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. (Trenchard Craven Fowle), 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 (Hugh Weightman), the 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. (Roland Tennyson Peel, John Percival Gibson), the Secretary to the Government of India, External Affairs Department (Sir Aubrey Metcalfe), the Shaikh of Bahrain (Shaikh Ḥamad bin ‘Īsá Āl Khalīfah), Bahrain Petroleum Company (Hamilton R Ballantyne, Fred A Davies, Max W Thornburg), and Petroleum Concessions Limited (Frank Holmes, John Skliros) regarding the Shaikh of Bahrain’s proposal to grant a concession for the whole of the unallotted area, including the Hawar Islands, to the Bahrain Petroleum Company and His Majesty’s Government’s approval of the proposal.
Following on from the approval of the proposal to grant a concession to the Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO) the correspondence focuses on discussion around the proposed agreement, to take the form of a deed of modification to BAPCO’s 1934 lease and the political agreement which would accompany the concession. The main areas of discussion including the definition of the area the concession would cover, and the need to include a pre-emption clause in the political agreement. Copies, in Arabic and English, of the draft deed of modification (ff 146-161, 170-180, 218-227) and draft political agreement (ff 133-139) are included in the volume.
Also discussed in the volume is the conclusion of the sovereignty question relating to the Hawar Islands following the submission by the Shaikh of Qatar (Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī) of a response to the counter-claims made by the Shaikh of Bahrain. On reviewing both claims and supporting evidence His Majesty’s Government's final decision was that islands belonged to Bahrain and not Qatar.
Also included in the volume are copies of draft concession agreements put forward by Petroleum Concessions Limited including one for the Hawar Islands (ff 8-26) and one for the waters and islands of Bahrain, described as the shoal area (ff 44-65).
A series of file notes which were maintained as a record of the correspondence in the volume can be found at folios 242-248
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the file.
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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 253; 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 foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 6-241; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.
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