Baku, Azerbaijan, April 23
By Saba Aghayeva - Trend:
Baku does not think that Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have problems in the Caspian Sea, the Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told journalists in Baku.
The minister went on to add that Azerbaijan plans to turn the Caspian Sea into a sea of cooperation and security.
The Caspian countries' FMs worked on the final convention on the status of the Caspian Sea in Moscow, Mammadyarov said, commenting on the results of the Moscow meeting of the foreign ministers of the Caspian states, which took place on April 22 in Russian capital.
"The parties have made a big step in determining the status of the sea. All five countries are interested in making progress on this issue. Another meeting will be held in Tehran at the level of deputy ministers in June," Mammadyarov said.
If needed, the Caspian countries will hold another meeting at the level of foreign ministers, he said.
The coastal states (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Iran) signed a Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea in November 2003.
In July 1998, Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea in order to exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use.
In May 2002 they signed a protocol to this agreement. On Nov. 29, 2001 and Feb. 27, 2003, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed agreements on the delimitation of the Caspian Sea.
Additionally, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delimitation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.
Translated by S.I.
Edited by S.I.
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