Jan 23, 2014, 10:45 AM
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Kazakhstan to host meeting on Caspian Sea legal regime

Dushanbe, Jan 23, IRNA – The 35th working group session on defining the Caspian Sea legal regime will be held in the Kazakh capital, Astana, next Thursday.

Deputy Foreign Minister, Ibrahim Rahimpor, will represent Iran in the session.

The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water on earth by area, variously classed as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea. The sea has a surface area of 371.000 square kilometers and a volume of 78,200 cubic kilometers.

The Caspian Sea Convention will determine the territorial rights of littoral states- Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan - as well as other matters related to the world's largest landlocked body of water.

The Caspian Sea legal regime is based on two agreements signed between Iran and the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1921 and 1940. The three new littoral states, established after the collapse of the Soviet Union, have not recognized the prior treaties, triggering a debate on the future status of the sea.