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6/21/07

Caspian Sea littoral states issue communique at end of confab in Tehran

Tehran, June 20, IRNA - Ministers of Foreign Affairs of littoral States of Caspian Sea issued a communique at the end of their Tehran Conference here Wednesday, at IRI Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political & International Studies.

According to IRNA Political Desk reporter from the conference hall, the communique reads, "The gathering of the littoral states of the Caspian Sea was held in Tehran on June 20th, based on an initiative by the Iranian side, amid a very friendly atmosphere filled with mutual understanding of all sides."

"Participants at the conference included Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Republic Elmar Muhamed Yarev, of Islamic Republic of Iran Manouchehr Mottaki, of Kazakhstan Murat Tazhin, of Russian Federation Sergei Lavrov, and of Turkmenistan Rashid Muradev.

"At the end of the gathering, the esteemed President of the Islamic Republic of Iran received the foreign ministers of the littoral states of the Caspian Sea."

The communique adds, "The ministers exchanged viewpoints on legal system for the Caspian Sea, as well as the important regional and international security concerns.

"Special attention was paid to the issue of multilateral cooperation in Caspian Sea region, and it was agreed that this sea, must, as always in the past, remain the sea of peace, stability, and mutual cooperation, to serve the interests of entire littoral countries, based on good neighborly ties and friendship.

"The ministers surveyed the progress of preparations for the Second Summit of the Caspian Sea Littoral States in Tehran and agreed on the draft for the communique of that summit, to be reported to the presidents of the five countries.

"The time for holding the summit would be decided by the five presidents in the shortest possible time."

The Iranian side would propose the agenda for the summit that would have to be confirmed by the five presidents before the summit.

"The foreign ministers expressed certainty that the upcoming summit would incite new dynamism towards expansion of multilateral cooperation.

It is also reiterated at the communique, "The Ministers surveyed the process of preparing the Legal System, noting the achieved progress in the field during the elapsed period.

"The ministers also evaluated the process of the panta-lateral talks among the littoral states' deputy foreign minsters as positive, emphasizing that such gatherings need to continue.

"The ministers expressed satisfaction over being put to effect of the Tehran Convention of the Caspian Sea Ecosystem, asking for the ratification of its complementary protocols as soon as possible."

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