Montreal, June 28, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has decided to reject the appeals of the embargo countries regarding the non-jurisdiction of the Organization by the complaint of the State of Qatar. This came during the meeting held Wednesday 27th June 2018 to hear the complaints submitted by the State of Qatar on the negative effects caused by the countries of the blockade on aviation security and air safety.
H. E. Jasem Bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transportation and Communications, commended the majority of the member states of (ICAO) for considering the complaint of the State of Qatar and rejecting appeals from the embargo countries.He praised the efforts exerted by the Organization in maintaining air safety, security and traffic flow.
He stressed that the encroachments of the States of the blockade on the safety and security of aviation are contrary to all the norms and conventions binding on all parties, in addition to the serious consequences it causes to air safety and security.He expressed the hope that the Executive Council of the Organization would expedite the adoption of appropriate resolutions on the right of air traffic and the violations of international law by the embargo countries pursuant to the dispute resolution mechanism adopted by the Organization in accordance with article 84 of Chicago Convention.Stressing his confidence in the Council and its wise decisions that are in the interest of aviation security and safety.
H. E. the Minister of Transportation and Communications stressed on the State of Qatar’s consistent position in respect of the international laws and regulations governing the airspace in general and that it is a tribute to the international community which was manifested by the State by not taking any similar measures as the embargo countries had adopted.Stressing the respect of the State of Qatar for the agreements and its concern for the safety and security of aviation.
Article 84 of Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation (Dispute Resolution) states:If a dispute arises between two or more Contracting States on the interpretation or application of this Convention or its annexes (or transit agreement) and the dispute could not be settled by negotiation, the Council shall decide upon the request of any State Party to the dispute.
The State of Qatar submitted two complaints to the ICAO Council under Article 84 of Chicago Convention concerning the interpretation and application of Chicago Convention on Civil Aviation (1944) and its Annexes, as well as the interpretation and application of the International Airline Transit Agreement.
The States of the blockade submitted a preliminary objection to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization and argued that the Council had no jurisdiction to consider the two complaints submitted by the State of Qatar to evade their obligations to Chicago and Transit Conventions and not to consider and decide on the complaint, wishing to expand negative impacts on aviation security and air safety.
The State of Qatar submitted a response to the objection of the embargo countries, in which it explained that the complaint of the State of Qatar was the responsibility of the ICAO Council. The Council of the Organization had earlier set the date of 26 June 2018 as the date for hearing the State of Qatar’s complaint against the embargo countries. It should be noted that on 31 July 2017, the ICAO Council approved emergency lines for Qatari aircrafts.
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