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Idrissov: Issue of Convention on legal status of Caspian Sea still open (VIDEO)

13 July, 2016 18:06
The adoption of the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea was postponed for an indefinite period, Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Yerlan Idrissov has said at the end of the Ministerial Meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Caspian states.

"The Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea is a comprehensive legal document that represents the legal framework for all aspects of the Caspian Sea, so negotiations are long enough, but we have already come close to completing work on the Convention. According to the results of the Caspian summit in Astrakhan in 2014, it was decided to go to the signing of the final text of the Convention. Appropriate instructions have been given by the Heads of States to the Foreign Ministers", Ye.Idrissov has said.

The Minister has said that during these days it was managed to agree on the important issues of the Convention, but because the document is complex and affects the interests of the Caspian states it will take some time to finalize.

"We agreed that the next meeting of the expert working groups will be held in September in Tehran and in October in Ashgabat, after this time the next meeting at the foreign minister level will be determined. There are remaining four major fundamental questions that require more complex evaluation, discussion and summing up", Ye.Idrissov has said.

According to the Minister, the questions remain undeveloped: the construction of communications under the Caspian Sea, determination of the methods of delimitation of the seabed, navigation and how to navigate the different ships in the Caspian Sea and transit issues.

Botagoz Aitzhanova

Video by Azamat Aliyev