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    MOSCOW, BAKU CALL FOR ANOTHER CASPIAN SUMMIT

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    MOSCOW, February 6th, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - For the sake of early conclusion of the Convention of the Caspian Legal Status, Moscow and Baku consider it necessary to begin arrangements for the second Caspian summit, runs a declaration that Vladimir Putin and Ilkham Aliyev signed in Moscow on Friday.

    "In line with the Ashkhabad agreement between the presidents of littoral states on making their meetings regular, the sides (Russia and Azerbaijan) deem it necessary to begin the arrangements for the second Caspian summit and summon foreign ministers of the Caspian states to this end," the Declaration reads.

    In this connection, the document noted Russia and Azerbaijan's readiness to continue "cooperation in the development and early conclusion of the Convention on the Caspian Legal Status... given the issues of using natural resources, environment, fishing and shipping ..." The meeting of Caspian foreign ministers on the arrangement of the second Caspian summit is slated for April 2004 in Moscow.

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