YEREVAN, June 11. / ARKA /. The Upper Lars border crossing on the Russian-Georgian border that was closed for traffic on May 17 because of a landslide, will open on June 14 or 15, Armenian ministry of transport and communications said today, citing Georgia’s Road Department.
It said the repair work is underway despite certain difficulties, such as new landslides, hampering the process of road cleaning.
On June 5 Armenian prime minister Hovik Abrahamyan had a telephone conversation with Russian minister of transport Maxim Sokolov 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-