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Tbilisi is ready to bargain with Yerevan2009-05-26 19:51
The Georgian delegation in Armenia has recently proposed negotiations with Yerevan as to the joined boundary delimitation. Verbally, the Armenian representative was satisfied by the Armenian-Georgian dialogue. However, Armenia cannot but get irritated by Tbilisi's latest statements as to the "revival" of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad and the confederation with Azerbaijan. As soon as Georgia announced its being ready to negotiate the opening of the Verkhni Lars transport corridor from Russia to Armenia, the Armenian experts started to warn the government against making any concessions while setting the joined boundaries.
The day before, Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Georgia David Jalagonia and Shavarsh Kocharyan discussed the issues of political, economical and cultural cooperation, as well as the boundary delimitation. According to MFA of Armenia, Kocharyan has given a positive assessment of an active and regular political dialogue between Georgia and Armenia. Right now this "dialogue rather resembles of bargaining, for the last month did not reveal much optimism as to the two countries' relationship.
While the Georgian MFA representatives assured the Armenians of their friendship, the delegates of another administration, Ministry of Transport, have taken quite an opposite step in the Turkish Bodrum yesterday. They have signed a letter of intent with the ministers from Azerbaijan and Turkey relating to the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway road through Akhalkalaki. At the suit of the Azerbaijani, Armenia was left out of the project scope. Meanwhile, there is another railroad running from Yerevan to Kars which could be used by all the states in the South Caucasus should Turnkey open the boundary with Armenia. However, Ankara attributes this issue to concessions made to Armenia in respect of Nagorny Karabakh, and the removal of the Turkish blockade is suspended for unknown time. The new road commissioning scheduled for 2011 will mean further isolation of Armenia from the trading activities in the region. Perhaps, that is why the USA with their active Armenian lobby have spoken against this idea and refused to sponsor the project. The same decision was taken by European Union. However, Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia decided to build the BTK road through their own efforts.