YEREVAN, June 6. / ARKA /. The Upper Lars border crossing on the Russian-Georgian border will be closed for traffic for an indefinite time, Hovhannes Yemishyan, a senior official of the Armenian ministry of emergency situations, said today.
The crossing was closed by a landslide, which brought May 17 a huge amount of mud and debris. He said it was not clear when the repair work would be over. According to him, Armenia is ready to assist Georgian and Russian sides in resuming the operation of the border crossing as soon as possible.
On June 5 Armenian prime minister Hovik Abrahamyan had a telephone conversation with Russian minister of transport Maxim Sokolov, who is also the Russian co-chairman of the Armenian- Russian intergovernmental commission on economic cooperation, to discuss the issue of repair of some sections of Upper Lars crossing, which is the only land border crossing that does not go through Georgia’s breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It serves as Armenia’s sole overland route to the former Soviet Union and Europe.
According to the Armenian government press office, Abrahamyan spoke about what could be done to safeguard passenger cars and trucks traveling through the crossing against frequent avalanches and landslides, which block the road for days and even weeks. -0-