Baku Hosts Azerbaijani-Turkmen Talks on Caspian Status
Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend S.Agayeva / Bilateral Azerbaijani-Turkmen talks on definition of the Caspian legal status began in Baku on 27 September, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry announced.
Major attention will be paid to definition of coordinates of the medium line.
Earlier head of the Azerbaijani side of the working group said that during the last talks held at the beginning of summer in Ashgabat, the sides succeeded to make clear their position on many disputable issues.
Disagreement between the two sides arose in 1998 die to Kapaz oil field. The sides could not define whom this field belong. Afterwards the talks were ceased. The issue has returned to agenda only after the replacement in the state power in Turkmenistan.
Taking into consideration the potential of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, Khalafov is sure in success of upcoming consultations. Talks are held at the level of working groups of two countries, which is headed by Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov and Turkmen Deputy Foreign Minister Khoshgeldi Babayev.
Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan achieved an agreement on the Caspian legal status. Documents were not signed with Iran and Turkmenistan in connection with the disagreement with these countries on the Caspian division.
The achievement of bilateral agreement could provide a basis for adoption of a Convention on Caspian Status.
Next round of discussions will be held at the upcoming summit of the Caspian littoral countries due in Tehran on 16 October.