Current round of talks on Caspian Sea legal status can be assessed as beginning of final round

Baku, March 6, AZERTAC

“The current round of the talks on the legal status of the Caspian Sea can be assessed as the start of the final round,” Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov told a press conference dedicated to the results of the meeting of the working group on the Caspian Sea’s legal status.

The Deputy FM said issues of the legal status of the Caspian Sea today have reached a high level unlike in the 1990s.

“I surely believe we’re going to accomplish these issues. Prior to the Astana summit, we need to prepare all provisions of the draft Convention so that we could come to an agreement,” he added.

Khalaf Khalafov said that it was the first meeting of the working group following the Astrakhan summit.

“The outcomes of the Astrakhan summit and implementation of the decisions made by the heads of state were discussed. The joint declaration of the heads of state covers a number of agreements on principal issues. We have taken measures them to be reflected in the draft convention. The outcomes were welcomed by the representatives of the Caspian littoral states. A number of important and principal issues were solved following the Astrakhan and Baku summits. These are issues on the distribution of water surface, security, shipping, conservation and use of biological resources, emergencies and hydrometeorology,” the deputy foreign minister of Azerbaijan said.

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