Opening of Abkhazia railroad as difficult as settlement of Karabakh conflict – expert

Opening of Abkhazia railroad as difficult as settlement of Karabakh conflict – expert

YEREVAN, January 29. /ARKA/. Opening of Abkhazian section of the railroad is as complicated as the settlement of Karabakh conflict, Czech expert, member of Association of European Center of Meetings between East and West Erika Lerner said.

It is difficult to establish who is most interested in it and why, she said in an online interview to Novosti-Armenia.

According to the expert, the railway issue is frequently brought up in Georgia to demonstrate the dovish attitudes of the country’s leadership. 

The Armenian side is also often addressing the issue to show its diplomatic skills in “accommodating” Russia with Georgia. Yet, not Russia but Abkhazia, a de facto independent formation like Karabakh, should be accommodated with Georgia, the expert said.

“What direct arguments Armenia has for Abkhazia? Are they thinking in Armenia of asking Russia to put pressure on Abkhazia, like some believe they may ask Armenia to lean on Karabakh? This sounds very complicated”, Lerner said.

Former prime-minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili said during his visit to Yerevan in January 2013 railway operations via Abkhazia may be resumed after disputes are settled with Russia.

Opening of Abkhazian section of the railroad is of strategic importance to Armenian economy as it is the shortest way to Russia. The matter was discussed at a meeting between Armenian and Russian presidents in Moscow on September 3. –0--

14:28 29.01.2014

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