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Thursday, 16 May 2002

U.S. CASPIAN ENVOY VISITS AZERBAIJAN

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By empty (5/16/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)

Steve Mann held talks in Baku on 16 May with Azerbaijan\'s President Aliev and oil-sector officials on unspecified minor obstacles to the planned Baku-Ceyhan oil-export pipeline and approaches to dividing the Caspian Sea between the five littoral states. Mann commended the \"realistic approach\" demonstrated by Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan to dividing the sea into sectors. Russia and Kazakhstan have just signed an agreement demarcating their respective sectors, and Aliev reaffirmed on 16 May that Azerbaijan and Russia will probably do the same next month.
Steve Mann held talks in Baku on 16 May with Azerbaijan\'s President Aliev and oil-sector officials on unspecified minor obstacles to the planned Baku-Ceyhan oil-export pipeline and approaches to dividing the Caspian Sea between the five littoral states. Mann commended the \"realistic approach\" demonstrated by Russia, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan to dividing the sea into sectors. Russia and Kazakhstan have just signed an agreement demarcating their respective sectors, and Aliev reaffirmed on 16 May that Azerbaijan and Russia will probably do the same next month. Mann stressed that the dispute between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan over ownership of two Caspian oil fields can and must be resolved through negotiations. (Interfax)
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