Kazakh FM: Disagreement between Caspian littoral states may be resolved soon
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov.22 / Trend, E.Kosolapova/
All disagreements between the Caspian littoral states may be resolved through negotiations in the near future, Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov said at the opening of the 30th meeting of the Special Working Group on the development of the Convention on legal status of the Caspian Sea in Astana, Kazakh Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.
"Results of the Third Caspian Summit held in Baku once again demonstrated that there is no disagreement between the Caspian littoral states that can not be resolved through negotiation in the near future," Kazykhanov said
Today, Baku, Moscow and Astana from the five Caspian littoral states (Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran) agreed on the legal status of the sea.
According to Kazykhanov, development of a common position is possible, and signing of the Convention on the Status of the Caspian Sea in the near future is quite real.
"The existing between heads of states let us hope that the countries can come to the common position regarding legal status of the Caspian Sea," Kazykhanov said.
According to Kazykhanov, Caspian problem is complex, and its solution will enhance the prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation of the Caspian littoral countries on the most important spheres of economy.
Russia and Kazakhstan signed in July 1998 an agreement on the delineation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea to exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use.
Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on the delineation of the Caspian Sea on Nov. 29, 2001, and Feb. 27, 2003.
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delineation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.