Tehran - 20 June 2007
1. Wide of foreign ministers of the Caspian Sea Littoral States (CSLS) arriving at Caspian summit in cars
2. Iranian Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, and Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, entering the summit
3. Cutaway of cameramen
4. Mid of Lavrov
5. Mid of Lavrov with Russian delegation
6. Mid of Kazakhstan delegation
7. Cutaway of photographer
8. Mid of Mottak and Iranian delegation
9. Wide of summit
10. Mid of Azerbaijan delegation
11. Cutaway of cameraman
12. SOUNDBITE: (Farsi) Manouchehr Mottaki, Iranian Foreign Minister:
"The importance of the Caspian Sea has increased sharply in the past years because of its great amount of natural resources and its strategic position."
13. Cutaway of reporters
14. SOUNDBITE: (Farsi) Manouchehr Mottaki, Iranian Foreign Minister:
"Today we clearly witness the need for enforcing new laws on different dimensions of activities related to the Caspian Sea, including extracting natural resources and the effect of human activities on Caspian Sea environment and wild life."
15. Wide of summit
FILE: Mazandaran Province - 2006
16. Wide of Caspian Sea in Mazandaran Province, northern Iran
17. Various of Iranians spending time on beach by Caspian sea
18. Wide of Caspian sea shore
Iran pressed for a bigger territorial stake in the Caspian Sea during a meeting on Wednesday of nations bordering the sea, a lucrative source of caviar, gas and oil.
Tehran insists that any new agreement should give an equal portion of the seabed for each of the five littoral states, while most other countries want the division based on shoreline, which would give Iran a smaller share.
"The importance of the Caspian Sea has increased sharply in the past years because of its great amount of natural resources and its strategic position," Iranian Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki said.
"Today we clearly witness the need for enforcing new laws on different dimensions of activities related to the Caspian Sea, including extracting natural resources and the effect of human activities on Caspian Sea environment and wild life," he added.
Iran argues that two agreements between it and the former Soviet Union in 1921 and 1940 based on an equal division are still valid.
It says the agreements should be the foundation for any new deal involving the new nations along the Caspian formed after the Soviet Union's fall in the 1990s.
Mottaki, along with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and their counterparts from Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan attended the conference, which is paving the way for an eventual Caspian Sea summit.
A similar summit in 2002 in Turkmenistan failed to reach an agreement.
Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan have signed their own bilateral deals dividing 64 percent of the sea, in its northern portion, between them.
Iran does not recognise the agreements, but the countries have used the deal to start developing oil and gas resources in the inland sea.
Besides the oil and gas reserves in its seabed, the Caspian nurtures the sturgeon fish, source of premium caviar.
On the sidelines of the Caspian gathering, Russia's Lavrov was also expected to hold bilateral talks with Mottaki and meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
But Lavrov said earlier that Iran's nuclear dispute with the US would not be on the agenda during his visit to Tehran.
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