On Monday, January 27, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan hosted the 6th meeting of authorized representatives of the Caspian Sea states to discuss the draft Protocol on cooperation for maritime safety in the Caspian Sea.
During the meeting, the participants were invited to consider the text of the Protocol and its Annex, which also addressed issues, related to the application of conventions and protocols of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the Caspian Sea.
At the beginning of the event, the delegations of the Caspian “five states” expressed their hope that the three-day work will be fruitful and, traditionally, bring a good and weighty result.
During his speech, the representative of the Russian delegation proposed the creation of a single document that would include six main conventions to which the Caspian Sea states are the parties.
– Most probably, the volume of final documents will be large, but the conventions themselves are quite voluminous. For example, the article about the cargo brand was modified and supplemented twice. And this time, proceeding from the general consensus, it will be necessary to consider this issue again.
At the meeting, it was mentioned that at the end of February 2019, at the 5th meeting of the Caspian countries, it was decided to work by reference to the special status of the Caspian Sea.
As part of the discussions, the Iranian side carried over three items for consideration – to combine articles from international conventions into one, study thoroughly the technical aspects of the document’s items and, accordingly, to amend the annexes in order to adapt these documents in accordance with the legal status of the Caspian Sea.
As part of the work upon the Protocol and its annexes, it will be considered the application of international instruments in the field of maritime safety.