Baku, Azerbaijan, May 30
By Fatih Karimov - Trend: The 40th meeting of the working group on determining the legal status of the Caspian Sea at the level of deputy foreign ministers will be held in Tehran on June 1.
During the meeting, which is held periodically in capital cities of the Caspian Sea member states, drafting the legal status convention of the Caspian Sea is discussed by the littoral states, Iran 's IRNA news agency reported on May 30.
Deputy foreign ministers of the five Caspian Sea states will participate in the meeting.
The previous meeting had been held in Baku .
Russia and Kazakhstan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea in order to exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use in July 1998. The two countries signed a protocol to this agreement in May 2002.
Moreover, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on the delimitation of the Caspian Sea and a protocol to it on Nov. 29, 2001 and Feb. 27, 2003, respectively.
Additionally, p, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delimitation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.