Opening of Border Considered Daily Reports

YEREVAN (Azg)The Margara-Alijan border crossing between Turkey and Armenia–which has been closed for over 41 years–is currently being considered–Turkish Hurriyet daily reported Wednesday.

The ground transportation administration of Turkey has made significant strides in improving the roads during the past six months–particularly a 20 km section of the road between the Turkish-Armenian border and the city of Igdir–according to Hurriyet–and operations are continuing on another 15 km stretch of the road.

Georgia and Iran purchase food and consumer goods from Turkey and sell it to Armenia’s at outrageously inflated prices–the chairman of the Erzerum Chamber of Commerce–Liutfi Evjelik–was quoted as saying.

Evjelik said that opening the border crossing will be a major disadvantage for Georgian and Iranian traders but–at the same time–would play a significant role for the development of the region. "Opening the border gates to Armenia will revitalize the East," Evjelik said.

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