Armenia should gauge economic effect from resumption of railway communication through Abkhazia

Armenia should gauge economic effect from resumption of railway communication through Abkhazia

YEREVAN, October 23. /ARKA/. Armenia should gauge economic advantages fr om resumption of railway communication through Abkhazia, Johnny Melikyan, an expert in Georgian affairs, told ARKA News Agency on Wednesday.   

“Our country should figure out what economic advantages Georgia, Abkhazia and Russia will have from this railway communication and show that this will be beneficial to all the parties,” he said. 
He said Armenian authorities should use the international floors, including intergovernmental commissions’ sessions, for that. 

In his opinion, progress is expected to be reached here after Georgia’s presidential election (October 27) and formation of a new Cabinet in the beginning of the next year.  

In particular, Melikyan thinks that Tbilisi’s close ties with Baku and Ankara would prompt Georgia’s new authorities to establish balance by deepening relations with Yerevan and Moscow. 

Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said in Yerevan, wh ere he traveled in January 2013, that resumption of the railway communication through Abkhazia that had been ceased because of armed conflict between Georgia and Abkhazia in 1992 and 1993 may be possible after settling some disputable matters with Russia. 

The resumption would be very important to Armenia, since the country remains blockaded. It is Armenia’s cheapest and shortest way to Russia. ---0----  

19:25 23.10.2013

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