Azerbaijan, Baku / Тrend corr S. Aghayeva / Azerbaijan is paying special attention to the determination of the status of the Caspian Sea and considers that a constructive and positive decision should be made in this connection, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Elmar Mammadyarov, stated on 20 June in Teheran, speaking at the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Caspian countries.
According to Iranian media, the Minister stressed the importance of mutual cooperation between the Caspian countries. Mammadyarov noted the importance of cooperation in the energy field. Azerbaijan supports demilitarization of the sea and protection of its resources. " Azerbaijan calls on other Caspian countries to back this position," the Minister said.
The Caspian countries signed a Framework Convention on Protection of the Sea Environment of the Caspian Sea in November 2003.
In July 1998, the agreements on delimitation of the sea bed of the northern part of the Caspian Sea were signed between Kazakhstan and Russia in order to provide for sovereign rights for use of the interior of the sea. In May 2002, the Protocol for these agreements was signed.On 29 November 2001 and 27 February 2003, agreements on delimitation of the bed of the Caspian Sea were signed between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Russia signed an agreement on the junction point of the demarcation lines of the bed of the Caspian Sea on 14 May 2003.