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15.03.10 13:49
Caspian countries prepare to adopt agreement on maritime security
Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan agreed on the main issues of the draft Agreement on joint activities at the level of border and customs services and internal affairs bodies to ensure security in the Caspian Sea. This was announced by Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Khalaf Khalafov at the final press conference after the meeting of Deputy Foreign Ministers of the five Caspian littoral states held last week in Baku.

"We succeeded in agreeing on all major issues of this draft document," he said, noting that the differences of the parties on the remaining outstanding issues are not pressing. "We hope that the remaining outstanding issues will be addressed at our upcoming meetings. We have already started preparations for the next one that we plan to hold in about two months in Baku," Khalafov said.

According to RIA Novosti, the draft agreement on security in the Caspian Sea provides for multilateral cooperation in various fields at the level of border guards, anti-drug services, Ministries of Emergency Situations, Interior Ministries, port and transport authorities, bodies for security of oil infrastructure as well as bodies on the fight against drug trafficking, weapons, contraband, illegal activities at sea and human trafficking.

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