Caspian region's energy resources should become saber of peace: experts
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.18. / Trend E.Ostapenko /
The Caspian region's energy resources should contribute to establishing peace in the region, British MP, Mayk Hankok, said.
"The region's energy resources should become a saber of peace, not war, and lead the region towards peace," Mayk Hankok, a member of the Committee on Political Affairs of the Council of Europe, said, speaking at a conference on "Security of the Caspian region through the prism of a new geopolitical reality .
Speaking about the security in the Caspian Sea, Tierri Mariani, chairman of the conference, noted the importance of resolving the status of the Caspian Sea.
The Caspian Sea status and access to its resources is of great importance for the strategic security in the region, Mariani said.
"Our goal is to build a constructive dialogue between Europe and Asia, as Eurasia and the Caspian Sea play an important role," Mariani said in his opening remarks to the conference on Sept.17.
At present, the Caspian Sea status should be resolved at the level of national countries, but it is necessary to find a contact of interest of all involved parties, Mariani added.
On the division of the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia have no claims for each other's sectors. There are both bilateral and trilateral agreements between these countries on the issue. The parties have also agreed to determine the coordinates of the dividing line. The issue is yet to be agreed with two countries - Turkmenistan and Iran. It is due to this that the status of the Caspian Sea has not yet been defined, despite many years of discussions.
The interest of great powers - the U.S., Europe and China - is based on the large oil and gas reserves in the Caspian Sea," said Mariani, MP of the French National Assembly, a member of the French delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.
The Caspian region will be the main focus of the NATO in the near future, Polish MP, Tadeush Ivinski, said.
"Both Iran and Russia oppose the stabilization in the region, because the stabilization would regulate energy routes from the region to Europe", PACE Committee on Foreign Relations chairman Ivinski said.
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