Editor's note: Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov's statement was added
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 4 /Trend, M.Aliyev/
As a result of the meeting of deputy foreign ministers of the five Caspian littoral states in Baku, the main aspects of the draft agreement on security cooperation in the Caspian Sea were agreed, and a joint resolution of Caspian countries also discussed, Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister
Khalaf Khalafov said at a briefing after the meeting.
"We came to consensus on all major issues in the draft agreement on security cooperation in the Caspian Sea. Then each of the countries will coordinate the internal procedures of the agreement," said Khalafov.
He expressed the hope that this project will be presented for discussion at the summit of the Caspian countries.
"We hope that we can submit a document on this issue for discussion at the summit of the heads of Caspian states to be held on Nov. 18 in Baku," he said.
According to Khalafov, the joint resolution of Caspian countries in this format will be discussed on Nov. 9-10 in Iran, as well as on Nov. 15-16 by the working groups in Baku.
The joint resolution envisages regional cooperation, ensuring stability in the region, cooperation at the international level, said deputy foreign minister of Azerbaijan.
"We intend to agree upon a joint resolution of Caspian countries, as it includes the coordination of the Convention on the legal status," said Khalafov.
On Nov. 3-4, Baku hosted the fourth meeting of the deputy foreign ministers of the five Caspian littoral countries to agree on a draft agreement on security cooperation in the Caspian Sea.
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.
On Nov. 29, 2001 and Feb.27, 2003, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on the delimitation 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.