The 18-th sitting of the Caspian states task group on elaboration of the Caspian Sea legal status Convention commenced on 6 October 2005 in Baku. All 5 littoral states: Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran take part in the meeting being held at the level of deputies Foreign Ministers, Trend reports.
On the background of the developing world events the significance of the Caspian legal status grows, the deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, the PresidentвЂ™s special representative on the Caspian problems Khalaf Khalafov said in a statement, opening the sitting. He voiced the interestedness of the AzerbaijanвЂ™s side in the soonest elaboration and adoption of the Convention. В"I guess, all aspects of the problem may find its solution by way of the constructive dialogueвЂќ, the diplomat noted. According to Khalafov, the sides have reached the principal arrangement in the trade navigation issues, ecology at the current stage and the time for resolving more complicated matters has arrived. We will do out utmost in this regard, the diplomat underlined.
Рђzerbaijan adheres to the principles of the trilateral arrangements between Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on dividing the sea bottom, he also respects the position of Iran and Turkmenistan on dividing the sea into sectors, Khalafov stated. Touching upon the regional energy projects the deputy Minister noted they are aimed at the common development and ensuring the regionвЂ™s security.
Further the meeting passed behind the closed doors. The news conference will be held on the results of the two-day sitting.