Baku. 29 June. REPORT.AZ/ "There is a certain progress in the negotiations on the legal status of the Caspian Sea".
Report was told by Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Khalaf Khalafov.
According to him, on July 13 the Kazakh capital, Astana will host a meeting of foreign ministers of the Caspian littoral states.
The deputy minister said that this meeting gives hope to bring positions on open-ended questions closer: "This will be the first meeting of the working group on the legal status of the Caspian Sea. In general, the meeting of the Working Group should work in order to organize a meeting of heads of state in Kazakhstan. Of course, some preparatory work should be done, and it is being done. So far, meetings both in Baku and Moscow served for this purpose. In other words, the most important steps are being taken to prepare the draft convention ready. I think that activities of the ministerial meeting will bring countries closer and create conditions for achieving a consensus in open-ended questions."
Khalafov said that all meetings aim to arrange a meeting of presidents.
Deputy Minister also pointed out issues on the legal status of the Caspian Sea: "There are various issues here such as determination of the base lines, military activities and cooperation in navigation."
Khalafov said that the date of a meeting of heads of Caspian states has not been specified. "It is difficult to say the exact date of the meeting. Perhaps, it will be determined depending on the level of preparations. At the same time, the presidents need to agree".