An Expert Council on the implementation of the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian sea, signed at the summit in Kazakhstan’s Aktau on 12 August, can be established in October this year, reports TASS with reference to the special representative of the President of the Russian Federation on humanitarian and economic cooperation with the countries of the Caspian region Ramazan Abdulatipov.
Major Russian scientific and educational centers such as RAS, Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Institute of Oriental studies, Higher school of Economics, Academy of national economy and state service under the President of Russian may join the activities of the council. “Their attention should be drawn to the Convention and its ratification. I think that in September-October the Council can be created”, the Russian official said.
In addition, Abdulatipov considers it appropriate to establish the Caspian inter-parliamentary assembly, which may include lawmakers of the Caspian five.
In his opinion, the realization of the Convention will be facilitated by the establishment of secretariat at the Russian foreign ministry which will deal with coordinating the implementation of this document.
Noting the high potential for humanitarian cooperation among Caspian neighbors,
Abdulatipov also called for the adoption of a special comprehensive program for the development of the Caspian region and cooperation with the Caspian countries, which should be developed by the Russian government.