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UAE Accuses Qatar of ‘Severely Aggravating’ Gulf Crisis

UAE Accuses Qatar of ‘Severely Aggravating’ Gulf Crisis

Tuesday, 7 May, 2019 - 18:00
The International Criminal Court in The Hague. (AFP)

The International Criminal Court met in The Hague on Tuesday to look into the United Arab Emirates’ request to take a series of measures to protest its rights against Qatar’s manipulation of legal proceedings at international agencies.

The UAE asked the UN's top court on Tuesday to stop Qatar "severely aggravating" the two-year-old crisis that snapped ties between Doha and Gulf states.

"Qatar has continued to aggravate the dispute and make it more difficult to resolve," Hissa Abdulla Ahmed Al-Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the Netherlands.

She urged the court to take urgent measures to stop Qatar's alleged actions, warning of "irreparable harm" to the UAE's own legal rights otherwise.

Since June 2017, Qatar has faced an economic and diplomatic boycott by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt over its support and financing of terrorism.

The UAE said on Tuesday that Qatar had blocked its own citizens from accessing an Emirati website to ease travel issues.

Doha also used state media such as the Al Jazeera channel to "spread false accusations" about the case, including claims that a hotline for Qatari citizens did not work, the UAE said.

Emirati lawyers accused Qatar of using fake documents including some with a fake British royal seal to back its legal case.

The UAE also objects to Qatar taking the case separately to the 1965 International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

In a sign tensions are still high, the United Arab Emirates said it released Monday a Qatari military ship that had violated UAE territorial waters last week.

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