The next meeting of the ad hoc working group on the elaboration of a Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea will be held in the third week of January 2017, said Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Halaf Halafov, INTERFAX-AZERBAIJAN.
"The next working group meeting will be held in the third decade of January. It will take place or in Ashkhabad, or in Baku. At the moment on this issue approvals," said Halafov reporters on Tuesday.
"Most of the questions on the draft Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea agreed. Negotiations on the remaining issues. Plan to complete their agreement before the next summit of heads of state of Caspian littoral States in Astana", - he said.
According to H. Halafov, the parties did a great job and reached an overall agreement on all conceptual issues. "In the approaches of all five Caspian littoral countries have similar. There are several parts, the most important of which is the principle of division. We plan to summarize all the work for the finalization of the draft Convention to bring it to the signing of heads of state", - Halafov said.
The Deputy Minister also noted that the issue of the status of the Caspian sea is solved on a bilateral basis, and multilateral. "Multilateral negotiations are conducted mainly in the framework of the draft Convention. Bilateral are the countries located opposite each other or next to each other," he said.
As an example, Halafov brought up the fact that Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Russia has already decided the matter among themselves.
"There are agreements that are in force. With Iran and Turkmenistan continue negotiating. We approach the issue not from the context of the disagreement point of a Deposit or oil stations, and from the context of the full separation (bottom - Interfax)", - he said.