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DoE head calls approval of Caspian Sea Convention by Iran's Parliament great achievement

Tehran, April 12, IRNA-Vice President and Head of the Department of the Environment (DoE) Masoumeh Ebtekar said in Tehran on Tuesday that the recent ratification by Majlis of a convention on preservation of the Caspian Sea environment was one the greatest achievements of the legislative body.

Environment ministers of the Caspian Sea littoral states, namely Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan, had signed the convention's draft in Tehran in 2003 after eight years of discussions and in coordination with the international organizations.

The draft should be then approved by the parliaments of the five Caspian Sea neighbors.

Iran's Islamic Consultative Assembly overwhelmingly ratified the document last Sunday.

Based on the convention, Ebtekar told a group of reporters here that the signatories should contribute to protection of the Caspian Sea environment by seriously fulfilling their responsibilities and preparing grounds for implementation of regular and collective cooperation to this end.

They should also adopt all appropriate measures to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the sea both individually or through multilateral cooperation.

Referring to the firm resolve of the four other littoral states for a quick ratification of the document, Ebtekar expressed hope that it would be approved by their parliaments in a near future.

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