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    CASPIAN SUMMIT DUE IN TEHRAN IN 2004 SECOND HALF - SERGEI LAVROV

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    MOSCOW, APRIL 6 (RIA NOVOSTI) - The summit of the Caspian heads of state will be held in Tehran in the second half of 2004, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists.

    The agreement was reached at today's meeting of the foreign ministers of Russia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in Moscow, he said.

    "We will report this to our presidents and they will take a final decision on the summit timeframe," Lavrov said.

    "At the first summit of the Caspian states, our leaders agreed upon holding regional meetings. Proceeding with the same line, we have discussed the possibility of holding a Caspian summit in the second half of this year in Tehran. We have also discussed the program of the upcoming summit including matters of further development of multilateral cooperation. We will report this to our presidents and they will opt for a final date of the event," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the press conference held after the Caspian meeting.

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