Watching Govenment: Splitting waters

The problem of dividing the Caspian Sea's energy resources is, of course, tougher than the problem of finding them.The five nations with Caspian coastlines (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Iran) have been at odds for the past 6 years over ownership of the Caspian.Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin has delegated Deputy Foreign Minister Viktor Kaluzhny, the former energy minister, to be his Caspian envoy. But Kaluzhny does not appear to be close to resolving the diplomatic impasse.For the past 2 years, Russia has been proposing that the five nations divide the Caspian seabed but hold the surface waters in common.As an amendment, it proposed that the five nations share any oi...

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