Azerbaijan refuses to sign additional protocol on Transport Corridor (TRACECA)

Azerbaijan refuses to sign additional protocol on Transport Corridor (TRACECA)

Azerbaijan has refused to sign an additional protocol on international ferry-rail line and transit development to the main multilateral agreement on the Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA).

TRACECA national secretary Akif Mustafayev says that the Azerbaijani government has taken this decision on the basis of inter-ministerial examination of the draft protocol, Fineko/abc.az reports. 

"All the 10 agencies that conducted the examination were against it, admitting it did not conform to national interests and the requirements of the law. In this regard, the TRACECA Secretariat has been officially notified of Azerbaijan’s refusal to sign the protocol,” Mustafayev said.

The protocol signing is planned at the 10th session of the TRACECA Intergovernmental Commission to be held in Dushanbe in September.

"As Azerbaijan declined to sign the protocol, other states out of the 13 TRACECA members may sign a protocol, ratify it, and it will act only in respect to them," Mustafayev said.

The TRACECA agreement was signed in 1998 in Baku, where the TRACECA Secretariat is located.

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