Wednesday, 15 May 2002

IRAN CONDEMNS RUSSIAN-KAZAKH AGREEMENT ON CASPIAN

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Hassan Rowhani, who is secretary of Iran\'s Supreme National Council, has informed Russian Ambassador to Tehran Aleksandr Maryasov that any bilateral or trilateral agreement concluded between Caspian littoral states on exploiting the sea\'s resources, including that signed on 13 May between Russia and Kazakhstan, is legally invalid. Rowhani further warned that any foreign interference or presence in the Caspian could jeopardize the stability of the region. The \"Tehran Times\" has similarly condemned the Russian-Kazakh agreement as \"unacceptable.
Hassan Rowhani, who is secretary of Iran\'s Supreme National Council, has informed Russian Ambassador to Tehran Aleksandr Maryasov that any bilateral or trilateral agreement concluded between Caspian littoral states on exploiting the sea\'s resources, including that signed on 13 May between Russia and Kazakhstan, is legally invalid. Rowhani further warned that any foreign interference or presence in the Caspian could jeopardize the stability of the region. The \"Tehran Times\" has similarly condemned the Russian-Kazakh agreement as \"unacceptable.\" The paper accused Russia and Kazakhstan of pressuring the three remaining littoral states (Azerbaijan, Iran, and Turkmenistan) \"to accept a plan to divide the Caspian\'s natural resources based on their geographical borders and the length or their coastlines.\" Iran, which has the smallest share of the sea (14 percent), wants it divided into five equal sectors. (CNA)
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