10 Mar 2018 – 12:56
New York: Qatar informed the UN Security Council and the UN Secretary-General of three air violations of Qatar’s sovereignty committed by the UAE and Bahrain.
This came in a message by the Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations Sheikha Alya Ahmed bin Saif Al-Thani to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Security Council president for March Karel van Oosterom.
In a letter sent the UNSC on Friday, Qatari authorities said a Bahraini military aircraft overflew the exclusive economic zone of Qatar on February 28.
The plane was intercepted by a Qatari fighter jet before it left Qatari airspace, according to the letter.
On January 14, an Emirati military aircraft overflew Qatari territorial waters without permission from authorities in Doha, the letter further stated, adding that on February 25, another Emirati military aircraft approached the Qatari border before changing course after warnings were issued.
The message said that the continued air violations by the UAE and Bahrain and their violations of Qatari sovereignty are serious breach and flagrant violations of international law.
Qatar warned against the continued attempts by the two countries to ignite incidents that would increase tension in the region and without regard to Qatar’s security and stability.
The Qatar government called upon the Security Council and the United Nations to take the necessary measures under the Charter of the United Nations to maintain international peace and security.
In conclusion, the message said that the Qatar government affirms its commitment to exercise the highest degree of restraint, abide by the Charter of the United Nations and promote good-neighborly relations. It strongly condemns and rejects any breach of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and reserves the full right to respond to any violations in line with its sovereign right, in accordance with the provisions of international law. It reaffirms that it will take the necessary measures to defend its borders, airspace and sea and its national security, in accordance with international laws and regulations.