UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Photo: Collected
United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres welcomes the signing of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, the secretary general’s spokesman said in a statement.
“The Secretary General welcomes the signing of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea by Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan,” the statement reads.
“This historic document demonstrates the importance of regional cooperation, which is vital for maintaining international peace and security,” the spokesman added.
According to the statement, the UN secretary general “believes the Convention should prove invaluable in regulating a wide range of longstanding issues among the Caspian Sea littoral states and is a significant step in the easing of regional tensions.”
“The Secretary General takes this opportunity to congratulate the five signatory countries on this landmark achievement of regional cooperation and multilateralism,” the spokesman concluded.
The presidents of the five Caspian states (Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkmenistan) signed the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, which had been agreed on by the five states’ foreign ministers at their Moscow meeting in December 2017, at the Fifth Caspian summit held in Kazakhstan’s city of Aktau.
Besides, several documents on regional cooperation were also signed.