VOL. XLII

No. 09

1-March-1999

IRAN

Iran Says Turkmen Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline Unacceptable

Irans Foreign Ministry said on 20 February thatTurkmenistans plan to build a gas pipeline across the Caspian Sea to Turkeywas "unacceptable." Ashgabat selected on 19 February the US companyPSG International to lead a consortium for the construction of a 1,700-km.trans-Caspian natural gas pipeline (MEES, 22 February). Iranian ForeignMinistry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi said: "This step by Turkmenistan is...