An agreement on a Caspian Sea legal regime will not be completed anytime soon, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Aragchi said, Fars News Agency reported.
The issue is very complex, he said, adding that five countries with different viewpoints are involved. Last years`experiences show that achieving a unified legal regime for the Caspian Sea is not easy. He also went on to note that the issue is among president Hassan Rouhani`s administration's priorities.
The littoral states (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Iran) signed the 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.
On November 29, 2001 and February 27, 2003, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on the demarcation of the Caspian Sea.
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delimitation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.
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