IRAN TO "SOONER OR LATER" ACCEPT CASPIAN'S DIVISION INTO SECTORS - ANALYST
Astana. May 21. Interfax - A U.S. analyst predicted on Friday that Iran would "sooner or later" have to accept the proposal of the other four Caspian states that the inland sea be divided into national sectors.
"Iran will have to accept its national sector within some sea boundaries or other. There will be no kolkhoz in that sea," Ariel Cohen told a conference in Astana entitled "Kazakhstan-USA: 20 Years of Partnership for Security and Development."
"The role of offshore deposits is growing, and someone has to defend them. And, practically, there is a consensus in the Caspian except for one country that the sea will be divided into national sectors. Russia accepts this, and so do Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and even Turkmenistan. Iran is the only country that is stubbornly resisting it," he said.
The five nations have been in talks on sovereignty over the Caspian for more than 10 years.