Qatar informs UN of airspace violation by Bahrain aircraft
February 10 2019 12:18 AM
Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani
Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani

QNA New York

Qatar has informed the United Nations Security Council and the UN Secretary-General about a violation of Qatari airspace by a Bahrain Air Force aircraft on December 27, 2018.

The Bahraini plane entered Qatar's airspace without the prior authorisation of the competent Qatari authorities, it was said in a message sent on February 7 by HE the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the UN Ambassador Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and to Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea Ambassador Ndong Mba, who is the President of the Security Council for this month.

In her message, HE Sheikha Alya called upon the United Nations to take the necessary measures to put an end to the tendentious Bahraini violations in order to maintain international peace and security, in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.

Requesting that the message be circulated as a document of the Security Council, she said the Government of Qatar draws the attention of the Security Council in the light of the provisions of Articles 34 and 35 of the UN Charter.

HE Sheikha Alya said that the continued air violations by the Kingdom of Bahrain and its violation of Qatari sovereignty are serious breach and flagrant violations of international law, warning against the continued attempts to ignite incidents that would increase tension in the region and without regard to Qatar's security and stability.

She expressed Qatar's strong rejection and condemnation of "this illegal act as a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the State of Qatar", and blamed the Kingdom of Bahrain for this air breach, asserting that it shall adhere to international conventions, the UN Charter and international law.

Concluding her message, the ambassador affirmed Qatar's commitment to exercise the highest degree of restraint, abide by the UN Charter and promote good neighbourly relations, stressing that Qatar reserves the full right to respond to any violations in line with its sovereign right, in accordance with the provisions of international law.

HE Sheikha Alya reaffirmed that Qatar would take the necessary measures to defend its borders, airspace and sea and its national security, in accordance with international laws and regulations.

Last updated: February 10 2019 12:25 AM

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