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08.09.03á13:11
NO DECISION ... WITHOUT PRESIDENTS
THE CASPIAN SEA LEGAL STATUS CANNOT BE ESTABLISHED BEFORE THE 2ND SUMMIT OF THE CASPIAN STATES

A Convention on the Caspian Sea legal status cannot be finalized before the 2nd summit of five Caspian states, because there are a number of issues falling beyond the experts' authority.

Viktor Kaluzniy, the Russian President special representative on Caspian issues and Deputy Foreign Minister, said it to the correspondent of RIA "Novosti" on arrival in Ashgabat to participate in the 11th session of the special working group on Caspian issues.

Among the issues he cited were, in particular, delimitation and demilitarization of the Caspian Sea and free passage of vessels in the internal Russian waters.

Two days meeting of five special representatives of the Caspian states presidents will have to agree on the date of meeting of the Foreign Ministers.

It is not ruled out that they will meet in the end of this or early next year to prepare the summit of "five Caspian states".

The previous 10th session of the working group at the level of deputy foreign ministers of the Caspian states - Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan - took place on July 22-24 in Moscow.

RIA "Novosti", 08.09.2003

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