2000 Public Statement
 

06/12/2000
Saudi-Yemeni border agreement
The following is an unofficial translation of the main points of the text of the international border treaty between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen that was signed in Jeddah on June 12, 2000.

In view of the concern of the leadership represented by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd Ibn Abdul Aziz and President Ali Abdullah Saleh to find a lasting solution for the issue of the land and sea borders between the two countries that could be maintained by future generations, inclusive of both those borders that had been drawn up under the 1934 Taif Treaty and those that had not, the following was agreed upon:


Article 1: The two sides have stressed the obligations and legitimacy of the Taif Treaty together with the borders reports annexed to it. They have also stressed their commitment to the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the two countries on Ramadan 27, 1415 H [February 26, 1995].

Article 2: The definitive demarcation of the permanent line of the border between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Yemen has been determined as follows:
(A) The first part starts from the point on the coast of the Red Sea by the headland of Ras Al-Muwaeij Shami, at the inlet named Radeef-Garrad, with the coordinates 16º 24' 14.8" North and 42º 46' 19.7" East. Its plotted axis ends at the landmark of Al-Thar Mountain, with the coordinates 17º 26' 00" North and 44º 21' 58" East. Details of the exact line of this part of the border demarcation are attached in Appendix [1] together with identification of the villages and the tribal affiliations of local inhabitants along its path as stated in the Taif Treaty and its annexes. In cases where this line is located on the site of or near villages belonging to either side, the reference for tribal affiliation of such a village or villages, is the actuality on the ground, and the line will be modified accordingly when the border markers are placed.
(B) The second part is the part of the border that had not previously been drawn. As such, the two sides have agreed to carry out the demarcation in all cordiality. The line starts from Al-Thar Mountain and ends at the intersection of latitude 19 north with longitude 52 east.
(C) The third part is the marine border that starts from the point on the coast of the Red Sea by the headland of Ras Al-Muwaeij Shami, at the inlet named Radeef-Garrad, and terminates at the limit of the sea borders between the two countries.

Article 3:
(A) In order to place markers along the land border line starting from where the borders of the two countries meet with the borders of the Sultanate of Oman at latitude 19 north and longitude 52 east, and terminating on the Red Sea exactly at the point on the coast of the Red Sea by the headland of Ras Al-Muwaeij Shami, at the inlet named Radeef-Garrad, the two sides will assign an international company to conduct a field survey for the entire length of the land borders; and similarly, the marine borders. This company, together with a joint team from the two sides, will determine distances and directions between each point, and follow other descriptions that have been mentioned in the borders reports annexed to the Taif Treaty.
(B) The international company will prepare detailed maps showing the line of the land and sea borders between the two countries. Once they are signed as official by representatives of the two sides, these maps will determine the borders between the two countries and become a part of the current treaty. The two sides will sign an agreement on covering the cost of the work of this company.

Article 4: The two sides have stressed their commitment to Article (5) of the Taif Treaty including the evacuation of any military site located at a distance less than five kilometers from the border line drawn according to the borders reports annexed to the Taif Treaty. With regard to the border line that has not yet been drawn, starting from Al-Thar Mountain and stretching up to the intersection of the borders at latitude 19 north and longitude 52 east, this will be governed by Appendix [4] attached to the current treaty.

Article 5: The current treaty will take effect following endorsement of the maps by the two countries and the exchange between them of the endorsement documents.

 

 

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