Azerbaijan, Baku, March 12 / Trend U.Sadykhova/
The Caspian littoral countries have agreed on basic principles for security cooperation in the Caspian Sea.
"We succeeded to reach agreement on all basic principles of security cooperation in the Caspian Sea and during the third meeting we will determine the list of agencies that will be involved in this cooperation," Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan
Khalaf Khalafov said at a briefing after the 23rd meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian littoral countries, held March.11-12 in Baku.
"The Caspian littoral countries are ready to cooperate in the field of security," Khalafov said.
After several meetings, we can fully come to an agreement and proceed with realization of this work, Khalafov said. The most important thing is to design a cooperation mechanism so that ongoing security work could proceed in a particular system, Khalafov said.
The harmonization of the draft agreement on cooperation through the customs border services and departments of the Interior in the field of security in the Caspian Sea were discussed at the Baku meeting.
The Caspian countries' second summit in Tehran in 2007 identified specific areas for future work to finalize and adopt the draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea, Mammadyarov said.
In November 2003, the Caspian countries signed the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea.
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.
Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the Caspian Sea Nov. 29, 2001 and Feb.27, 2003.
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delimitation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea May 14, 2003.
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