Caspian Sea Status Regulation – Strategically Key Issue for Kazakhstan

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Caspian Sea Status Regulation - Strategically Key Issue for Kazakhstan“Regulation of the Caspian Sea status and establishment of the legal regime of international, political, economic and cultural cooperation remain a strategically key issue for Kazakhstan,” Kazakh Foreign Affairs Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov told opening the 30th session of the special working group for developing the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

Besides, the FM noted that the Caspian Sea problem touches upon, first of all, the territorial issues the settlement of which will expand prospects for the mutual benefit cooperation of the Caspian littoral states in the most important sectors of economy.

“We all strive to elaborate efficient mechanisms for the protection of national interest and our common goal is to ensure consistency and efficiency of the chosen strategies,” Kazykhanov stressed.

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Participants of Caspian Sea status negotiations satisfied with its results

23 November 2011

Kazakhstan, Astana, Nov. 23 / Trend K. Konyrova/

Participants of the 30th meeting of the Special Working Group on the development of the Convention on legal status of the Caspian Sea are satisfied with its results.

“We solved a number of issues on some points, the Special Representative of Russian President on Delimitation of Borders Alexander Golovin said at the news conference in Astana.

According to Golovin, this solution means coming closer to common target – agreement on Convention’s text.

“My assessment of the negotiation is positive,” the Chairman of the Turkmen State Enterprise for the Caspian Sea Murad Atadjanov said at the news conference.

According to Atadjanov, some agreements on important issues were made during the session and the current level will be continued.

Caspian littoral stases are Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan.

Russia and Kazakhstan signed in July 1998 an agreement on the delineation of the northern part of the Caspian Sea to exercise sovereign rights for subsoil use.

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan signed an agreement on the delineation of the Caspian Sea on Nov. 29, 2001, and Feb. 27, 2003.

Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Russia signed an agreement on the delineation of adjacent sections of the Caspian Sea on May 14, 2003.