Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov. 23 / Trend K. Konyrova /
The Caspian countries are united by the need to develop a dialogue on the status of the Caspian Sea, Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Kairat Sarybai said at a press conference on the 30th meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Convention on legal status of Caspian Sea in Astana today.
"We strive to find a peaceful solution to this common issue," he said.
He went on to say that the main task of diplomats is to find solutions for the interests of one party whilst not contradicting the interests of others.
"This is of concern regarding security issues, transit and communications projects," Mr Sarybai said. He added that the task of the Caspian countries is to rapidly reach consensus on contentious issues.
At present, Baku, Moscow and Astana of five Caspian countries that include Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran reached an agreement on the status of the Sea.
Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement in July 1998 on the delineation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea to exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use.
Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan had previously signed a similar agreement 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.