The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague opened today, proceedings on objections to the jurisdiction of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) council on their resolution issued on June 28, 2018 � which aimed to resolve the political dispute between the Arab Quartet (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates) against Qatar. The Quartet countries have taken some sovereign measures against Qatar to protect their national security from Doha policies supporting terrorism, extremism and terrorist financing. In turn, Qatar has turned to ICAO in an attempt to relieve pressure and break its isolation as a result of its harmful policies to its neighbors.
Representing the UAE in the proceedings as an agent before the court , HE Dr. Hissa Abdullah Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the Netherlands, affirmed that the imposition of airspace restrictions on Qatari-owned and registered aircrafts by the Quartet countries came in response to Qatar’s breaches of the Riyadh Agreements and other obligations in the field of counterterrorism. She added that in line with commitments made under the Riyadh Agreements, the UAE continues to insist that the Qatari government cease its financing of internationally sanctioned terror groups, halt its harboring of terrorists, and end its use of media organizations to promote discord in the region.
The proceedings also made it clear that, as a specialized aviation agency, ICAO does not maintain jurisdiction over this case, which does not concern civil aviation, but rather Qatar’s support for terrorism.
Speaking after the first day’s proceedings, Ambassador Al Otaiba noted that the International Court of Justice will consider arguments from both parties from 2 to 6 December and will review numerous evidence and legal briefs. The UAE is confident that the judges of the International Court of Justice will consider with interest the nature of this dispute and the objectivity of the arguments submitted and will make appropriate decisions in their judgment.
Source: UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs