Spokesman Rejects Speculations about Caspian Sea Legal Regime
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi has dismissed “incorrect” speculations and debates regarding the legal regime of the Caspian Sea.
Speaking to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday, Mousavi said there has been no development regarding the legal regime of the Caspian Sea, and discussions have not gone beyond the level of general talks and cooperation among the littoral states.
Asked about concerns over the demarcation of the Caspian Sea’s boundaries, Mousavi said, “Dr Zarif’s recent participation in the parliament’s session was just aimed at answering the respected lawmakers’ last year’s question. Legal talks over the issue have not been finalized.”
“Negotiations held so far have been limited to the generalities of cooperation among Caspian Sea littoral states, and nothing has been finalized and agreed upon regarding the legal regime and division of the seabed and sub-seabed,” he added.
Mousavi said the Caspian Sea, encircled by five countries, has its own complications and specifics, and that is why its legal regime has not been finalized yet.
“All the five [Caspian] countries have been trying to reach a solution, which requires very detailed and onerous technical and legal work, which is currently underway,” he said, rejecting the comments made about the issue as unjustified.
“Negotiations over methods of drawing the straight baseline must first be finalized. Then, based on that, the legal regime of demarcation of boundaries must be developed in the form of a five-way agreement. Then a related bill must be proposed to the Parliament for final ratification. But none of these steps has been taken so far,” he noted.