Airspace dispute with Qatar asked to be resolved by UN top court
A new twist had taken place this Friday between the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and it’s Gulf neighbours as the middle eastern countries have asked the top court of the UN to resolve a dispute over a sovereign airspace with Doha.
The International Court of Justice on Thursday was requested by Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to make a decision in Qatar’s favour that is handed down by the global civil aviation body of the UN.
Last week, The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had ruled it had the jurisdiction to determine a dispute brought by Qatar, where it accused its neighbours of violating an agreement that regulated the free passage of passenger planes in foreign airspace.
“The ICAO council is not competent to adjudicate” the countries said in papers filed before the ICJ. They sought a declaration that the ICAO’s decision is “null and void and without effect.”
The UAE have also told Qatar, that instead of spreading false news about the UAE and other neighboring countries, it should in fact look into resolving the already complicated issues at hand and commit themselves to repairing the damaged ties that they have with their neighbors.
The ICJ – the UN’s highest legal body – was set up in 1946 to rule in disputes against states, but it can also give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it by other UN organs and specialised agencies.