Iran, Russia hold consultations regarding Caspian
Azerbaijan, Baku, May 17 / Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
The head of the negotiating group of the Russian Federation on the Caspian Sea, Igor Bratchikov, who arrived in Tehran for consultations on the Caspian Sea, met and held talks with Mohammad Mehdi Akhund-Zade, Special Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the website of the Iranian Embassy in Russia reported.
At the meeting the sides discussed the processes occurring in the Caspian region, as well as the current situation with the negotiations between the littoral states and the need to accelerate the processes of solving problems of the Caspian Sea and the development of regional cooperation, the report said.
Bratchikov said that aim of his visit to Tehran is to hold consultations with Iranian officials to coordinate activities on accelerating the implementation of the agreements, as well as preparation for the upcoming summit of Caspian states in Russia, says the statement.
The littoral states (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Iran) in November 2003 signed the Framework Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea.
In July 1998 between Kazakhstan and Russia signed an agreement on the delimitation of the northern Caspian Sea in order to exercise sovereign rights to the subsoil, and in May 2002 - Protocol to the Agreement.
On November 29, 2001 and February 27, 2003 agreements between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on the delimitation of the Caspian Sea and the Protocol to the agreement were signed respectively.
Also, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delimitation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.