Turkmen President's statement on Caspian Sea is unexpected: expert

Turkmen President's statement on Caspian Sea is unexpected: expert

Azerbaijan, Baku, July 25 / Trend U. Ismayilova /

Turkmen President's statement concerning appeal to the international arbitrage to solve with Azerbaijan the issue on disputable territories in the Caspian Sea was unexpected, head of Public Finances Monitoring Center (PFMC), Ingilab Akhmedov, said on July 25.

"But even if the Turkmen government brings action against Azerbaijan, there will be no decisions that could infringe Azerbaijani rights," Akhmedov said.

He said that temporary freezing of launched talks on cooperation between countries is the only negative consequence. These talks include Caspian status, joint development of existing fields, transportation of Turkmen hydrocarbon and Nabucco project. 

"The Turkmen government's decision is not in harmony with policy conducted by the Turkmen President concerning closing in our relations," Akhmedov said.

"It is not logical and does not coincide with Turkmen President's position within last year or year and a half. It is also groundless and unrealized from the point of the international law's view as operations on determination of Caspian status are being held parallel," Akhmedov said.  

Expert said that joint exploitation of Kapaz field with Azerbaijan would give much more political, economic and geopolitical success to Turkmenistan rather than senseless dispute concerning who owns the field.  

"There are the international law and principles that must be observed. There are difficulties because Caspian reservoir is special. So, everyone solves this issue in accordance with will. First, the Turkmen side must solve this problem," Akhmedov said.

During special meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on July 24 Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov said that agreement concerning principles of the Caspian Sea, its sea bed and entrails delimitation is top-priority issue for Turkmenistan. Regarding history of negotiating process on determination of Caspian legal status, Berdimuhammedov stressed that search and exploitation of mutually acceptable decisions in this sphere are mainly restrained because of Azerbaijani special position that launched alone exploitation of disputable oil and gas fields of Omar and Osman and its claims concerning belonging of Serdar field, called as Intermediate before.  

Berdimuhammedov charged Turkmen vice-Prime Minister to attract lawyers to study relevance of Azerbaijani claims for disputable offshore fields, as well as participation of foreign oil and gas companies in their exploitation and developing. Turkmen vice-Prime Minister was also charged to submit prepared documents for consideration of the international arbitrage.

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