Russia and Azerbaijan Call on Caspian States to Promptly Settle Caspian’s Leal Status
Azerbaijan, Baku, 3 July /corr. Trend A.Aliyev / Today, 3 July, Russia and Azerbaijan called Caspian littoral countries to promptly settle Caspian's legal status.
In the declaration regarding friendship and strategic partnership, signed by the Presidents Dmitriy Medvedev and Ilham Aliyev as a result of negotiations in Baku, the sides "highly estimated the closing declaration of the second Caspian summit, signed by the Presidents of five Caspian states in Teheran on 16 October 2007 as well as the agreements reached then to conduct meeting of experts on the security affairs in Caspian Sea and Caspian Inter-Governmental economic conference".
Russia and Azerbaijan "will consecutively realize these agreements for the purpose to promptly achieve comprehensive settlement of the legal status of Caspian Sea and development of the co-operation of the Caspian states," the declaration says.Furthermore, the sides confirmed "adherence to prevailing and acting international-legal orders in Caspian Sea, including agreements signed between Azerbaijan, Russia and Kazakhstan on delimitation of Caspian Sea to use the treasures of the soil on which they live" and called other Caspian states "to sign analogous mutually acceptable agreements".
Moscow and Baku expressed deep satisfaction with effectiveness of the Framework Convention on Caspian Sea Protection and highlighted their intentions to contribute to prompt completion of work over protocols to the Convention to decisively improve ecological situation in Caspian.
The sides also reached an agreement to help devise and conclude agreements on co-operation in various spheres in Caspian, including navigation and fishing.
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