'B. 56. Confidential 86/14 - v. BAHRAIN UNALLOTED AREA.' [97r] (198/510)
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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Queer that they
have not done so
during all these
*V</ho and where
are they ?
ho, as they are
This does of
ln some places.
of the Dawasir tribe who live at al-Zalaq
when they used to frequent Hawar for fishing
purposes they were attacked at that place and
they put a complaint before my late father
Shaikh vasim who heard their complaint and
decided against those who have attacked them
on the ground that the attack took place in
his own territory. This incident is known to
some individuals and there was no custom of
recording such incidents, as they are dealt
with orally we have no record of it, but there
are reliable witnesses who will give their
evidence about the same.
13. Now that T have put forward my comments
on the statement of the Bahrain Government in
this matter in which they rely on a few indi
viduals of Zalaq who may be of its subjects
or it may be that they come to these islands
for settlement in winter for fishing, like
others, who are the subjects of Saudi Arabia,
do. Then, would it occur to the Government bf
H.M. King Abdul Aziz to claim the islands be
cause some of their subjects lived on them
and built dwellings and water reservoirs.
In order to know the local situation
it would be necessary for Your Excellency to
turn your attention to the fact that there
is nothing strar^ge about the action of some
fishermen by living in an island which belongs
to Qatar or any other Government, or that
such fishermen are subjects of one Government
or the other. This is a widely prevalent
custom, and one v/hich is natural and cannot
change through change of times or places, and
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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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