News ID: 170829
Published: 0917 GMT October 23, 2016

Caspian Sea legal regime needs consensus, common understanding: Iran FM

Caspian Sea legal regime needs consensus, common understanding: Iran FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Caspian Sea's legal regime should be drawn up based on mutual trust, consensus, and understanding and must take into account the common interests of all involved countries.

The Iranian minister made the remarks in an address to the 47th session of the special working group to draft the convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea in Tehran on Sunday.

He said some progress has been made on the Caspian Sea’s legal regime status and expressed hope that drafting its convention would be accelerated and finalized as soon as possible through the goodwill and resolve of the sea’s littoral states.

“Peace and stability, sustainable development and fair demarcation of maritime zones are among the fundamental elements that should guide any attempt to formulate the legal regime of the Caspian Sea,” the Iranian minister added.

He further expressed Iran’s readiness to facilitate the transfer of energy carriers from the Caspian littoral states to the Sea of Oman and Persian Gulf through Iran's soil.

Zarif also stressed the importance of protecting the environment and water resources, expressing hope that the negotiating delegations and officials of the Caspian littoral states would closely and seriously pursue the issue and find appropriate solutions in this regard.

The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water by area and is variously classified as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea.

The issue of the Caspian Sea’s legal regime gained importance following the breakup of the former Soviet Union and the emergence of new independent states.

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