Dispute between Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan should be solved via int'l mediation: western expert
The United States, Washington, July 28 / Trend , N.Bogdanova/
The dispute between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on the Caspian resources mustn't be brought to the international arbitration court, the salvation key of this issue is in the international mediation, believes Kaan Nazli, analyst of Turkey, Eastern Europe and Caspian region for New-York based Medly Global Advisors.
"The most successive mediator in this issue is Turkey. Turkey must become a mediator between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, because this country has close historic, ethnic, cultural and political ties with both of them," Nazli told Trend correspondent in Washington.
Last week Turkmenistan President Gurbangulu Berdymuhammedov held a special session of the Cabinet of Ministers to discuss ownership of the Caspian oil and gas fields. Speaking about the negotiations on the Caspian Sea legal status, Turkmen President said the countries failed to find mutually acceptable decision, because of Azerbaijan's position, and so Ashgabat is going to bring Baku to the international arbitration court.
Kaan Nazli states, that this issue can be adjusted "only via mutual dialog. Together with Turkey, if there is need, the European Union can join the mediation process".
The expert believes that Turkey can deeply feel both countries' feelings and needs. He says that both Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan have their arguments, and they are understandable.
Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are currently considered as potential raw material sources for the Nabucco gas pipeline project which will transport gas from the Caspian region to the EU via Turkey.
"Both Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan are very important countries in terms of region energy security and diversification," Nazli said.
The analyst said if the dispute between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan will upraise, then the Transcaspian projects will be dismissed. "And this is against the interests of Turkey and the EU," Nazli said.