Tehran, Oct 16, IRNA - The Second Summit of the Caspian Sea Littoral States ended its work after holding a joint press conference in the presence of heads of state of Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan Republic, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in Tehran on Tuesday afternoon.
Four presidents of the littoral states attending the event took part in the luncheon given in their honor by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as chairman of the summit.
Late President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov proposed the idea of holding the first official summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states, which was held in Ashkhabad in May 2002.
Summit of leaders of the Caspian Sea littoral states on Tuesday released a 25-point statement on major regional and international issues.
The presidents of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan thanked President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his initiative to host the second Summit of the Caspian Sea states in Tehran to discuss regional and international issues and prospects for multilateral cooperation and the legal status of the Caspian Sea in a constructive atmosphere.
The Caspian Sea leaders believe that cooperation of the five littoral states on the basis of friendship and good neighborly relations will serve their national interests and regional security.
They called for final approval of legal status of the Caspian Sea in light of the agreements already reached by the five Caspian states which envisaged fair distribution of resources of the Caspian Sea among the neighboring states.
The leaders of the Caspian Sea littoral states are well-prepared to hold regular contacts on five-party cooperation, bilateral, regional and international subjects.
They reaffirmed commitment to Charter of the United Nations and international law including respect for national sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and equality of the nations and not to resort to use of force or intimidation.
Addressing a press conference at the end of the 2nd Caspian Sea Summit here on Tuesday, President Ahmadinejad said the presidents of the five Caspian Sea states at Tehran session agreed on formation of the Caspian Sea Economic Cooperation Organization.
President Ahmadinejad said that the Caspian Sea Economic Cooperation Conference, to be chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, will be held in summer of 2008.
The Iranian president did not specify the venue or date of the Conference but said delegations, headed by ministers of economy of the littoral states will be present in the meeting.
He noted that expert meetings will be held and comprehensive economic agreements will be drafted when the organization is formed.
Emphasizing that the Caspian Sea would remain the sea of peace, friendship and solidarity among the littoral states, President Ahmadinejad said the presidents agreed on drafting security arrangements of the sea.
He said Azeri President Ilham Aliyev will undertake management of the project.
He said besides signing the Caspian Sea final declaration, he and his counterparts had reached an agreement on holding their foreign ministerial session every six months and summits on a regular basis every year.
He added that the Third Caspian Sea Summit will be held in Baku in October of 2008, with chairmanship of Azeri President Ilham Aliyev.
He added that the five littoral states in today's meeting stressed their willingness for stronger cooperation and promotion of regional peace, friendship and security.
Describing the first ever political document signed by presidents of the five-nation Caspian Sea here Tuesday as a "big achievement", the Iranian president said the participants in the meeting had been able to address all targets on the agenda of the summit.
"The first political document, signed for the first time by the presidents of the five (Caspian Sea) littoral states, is a big achievement. Very good agreements, reached in the Caspian Sea Summit, will be a turning point in relations and cooperation among the littoral states. Heads of the five littoral states succeeded in meeting all the agenda targets," said Ahmadinejad.
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