Feb 5, 2019, 4:38 PM
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Caspian Sea littoral states’ working group to meet in Baku

Baku, Feb 5, IRNA - The first meeting of the Caspian Sea littoral states’ working group on the implementation of the Caspian Legal Regime Convention will be held in Baku in February, Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said.

According to the Azeri 'Haqqin' news website on Tuesday, Leyla Abdullayeva added, 'We are coordinating the timing of the holding of the meeting by the Caspian Sea littoral states.”

She noted that the first meeting of the Caspian Sea littoral states's working group was scheduled to be held in November 2018, but the meeting was postponed to another date in order to reach a comprehensive approach.

Following the signing of the Convention of the Caspian Sea Legal Regime in August 2018, the first meeting of the joint working group supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of member countries was to be convened in the fall of the same year in the Republic Azerbaijan in order to implement the provisions of the convention.

The Caspian Legal Regime Convention was signed by the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan at the 5th Summit of the Caspian Sea countries in the city of Aktau, Kazakhstan, on August 12, 2018.

It is a landmark instrument that is expected to expand good-neighborly relations among parties including Iran, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Russia and Kazakhstan.

Around 90 percent of the Convention has been addressed by the member states.

Only two issues – determining the base lines and delimitation of the remaining seabed and underground resources – need further negotiations, said a statement by the Foreign Ministry one day after signing of the Convention.

It expressed hope that the two issues would also become finalized with the cooperation of all member-states.
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