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Baku. At the fifth round of talks on the trans-Caspian gas pipeline, which took place in Brussels on May 8, 2012, the sides discussed mainly legal issues, a source from the diplomatic circles told Turan.
Neither European sources, nor other participants of the talks have made a statement about conducting the talks till now.
According to the same source, the format of the talks was tripartite as previously - European Commission, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan. The Caspian basin countries were represented by the Ministers. Minister of Industry and Energy Natig Aliyev represented Azerbaijan.
No progress has been achieved at the talks on construction of the trans-Caspian gas pipeline.
The fourth round of talks was held in Vienna at the level of Deputy Ministers of Energy in April 2012. On September 12, 2011 the European Union granted a mandate to the European Commission to conduct talks with the governments of Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan on construction of the trans- Caspian gas pipeline (TCG). At the end of February 2012 Natig Aliyev said that two documents on the trans-Caspian gas pipeline will be signed this year, including the political document supporting the project and the intergovernmental agreement between Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan. However, in early April 2012 Rovnag Abdullayev, President of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), told journalists that "Azerbaijan is actually not a participant of the project." He said as soon as European Union and Turkmenistan find an agreement on the project, Azerbaijan will be able to consider the possibility of gas transit via its territory.
EU plans to import Turkmenistan gas via TCG and then from Turkey via Nabucco. However, EU still has no plan of Turkmenistan gas delivery to Turkey. The existing South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum), which will be expanded in the future, is able to export only Azerbaijani gas. On the other hand, Nabucco project actually ceased to exist on May 16, 2012. The partners of the project have submitted a new proposal for transportation of Azerbaijani gas to Europe via Nabucco- West gas pipeline to the Shah-Deniz consortium. Nabucco-West gas pipeline will start on the Turkish- Bulgarian border.