UN court rules in Qatar’s favor in aviation boycott case

Cheryl Sanders
July 15, 2020

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The International Court of Justice, the UN's top court, has backed Qatar in a dispute with four neighbours that imposed an air blockade against Doha more than three years ago.

Doha accused its neighbours of violating agreements regulating the free passage of commercial passenger planes after they closed their airspace to Qatar in 2017 and severed ties to the country.

The nations justified the moves against the peninsular Gulf state, stating it was their sovereign appropriate to protect their national protection.

The coalition also wanted Qatar to reduce its diplomatic relations with Iran, which is also Saudi's rival in the Middle East. Qatar has limited airspace and has had to rely on that of Iran.

"This crisis will not be resolved in ICAO or in any other worldwide organization". So far, it has not been able to convince Saudi to reopen its airspace for Qatar.

The UAE issued a statement vowing to fight on at the ICAO, saying it "will now put its legal case to ICAO supporting the right to close its airspace to Qatari aircraft". It appears as if the Kingdom is reflecting its anger through other mediums.

BeIN Sports was barred from broadcasting in Saudi since the time of the blockade.

The accusations stated that beIN Sports abused its dominant position through several monopolistic practices during the 2016 Uefa European Championship matches.

The Government Communications Office (GCO) said in a statement on its website that the ruling of the ICJ in the claims presented by the blockading countries was in favour of Qatar, adding that the ICAO has jurisdiction to hear Qatar's claim, after the blockading countries' closed their airspace to Qatari airplanes and prevented them from flying to and from airports in those countries, in a flagrant violation of global law.

H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari said that when the matter was brought to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to rule on the subject matter of jurisdiction, the court verdict came to reaffirm categorically a jurisdiction of ICOA thus consolidating its ruling.

Bahrain's Non-Resident Ambassador to the Netherlands Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohamed Al Khalifa said yesterday that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has delivered two judgments upholding the jurisdiction of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) over complaints filed by Qatar.

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