Car­ri­ers to be next to protest in Ar­me­nia

Azer News - - Karabakh Conflict - By Rashid Shiri­nov

Presently, the only way con­nect­ing Ar­me­nian im­porters with Rus­sia, from where wheat is pur­chased, is the Up­per Lars check­point on the Rus­sian-Ge­or­gian border. The over­load of the check­point cre­ated big prob­lems for the tourism sec­tor of Ge­or­gia this sum­mer.

“There were very long queues at cus­toms check­points. Tourists could not en­ter Ge­or­gia, and hun­dreds of cars were go­ing back. This prob­lem was par­tic­u­larly ev­i­dent at the Up­per Lars check­point,” Ge­or­gian Fi­nance Min­is­ter Ivane Matchavar­i­ani has pre­vi­ously noted.

Be­ing un­able to some­how in­flu­ence the de­ci­sion of the Ge­or­gian gov­ern­ment, the Ar­me­nian au­thor­i­ties tried to cover up the is­sue as if noth­ing se­ri­ous had hap­pened for Ar­me­nia.

How­ever, the prob­lem has not gone away and it con­tin­ues to se­ri­ously dis­turb the Ar­me­nian car­ri­ers. The coun­try’s pub­lic, in turn, will be dis­turbed in a cou­ple of days, when, be­cause of the rise in the price of tran­sit, the price of bread will go up in Ar­me­nia.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of one of the car­ri­ers has told Ar­me­nian me­dia that the prob­lem of the ban on wheat im­port re­mains un­re­solved.

“Truck­ers have re­ceived reg­u­lar no­ti­fi­ca­tions from the Ge­or­gian side that on the night of Septem­ber 15, trucks loaded with wheat will no longer be able to cross the border. No one has solved any­thing,” he said.

The in­ter­locu­tor added that even if the Ar­me­nian gov­ern­ment en­sures that the rail­way tar­iffs for trans­porta­tion are re­duced, 1 ton of wheat will rise in price by $46-52, which, of course, will af­fect the price of bread in Ar­me­nia.

He re­minded that af­ter the ‘vel­vet revo­lu­tion’ this spring, when the new gov­ern­ment an­nounced the elim­i­na­tion of mo­nop­o­lies, many Ar­me­ni­ans bought trucks to im­port wheat into the coun­try. Now they do not know how to re­pay loans taken to buy the trucks.

“If this is­sue is not re­solved, they will or­ga­nize a protest on Septem­ber 15, trucks will block the roads,” the in­ter­locu­tor stressed.

Thus, the Ar­me­nian gov­ern­ment would bet­ter solve the prob­lem as soon as pos­si­ble, be­cause the pub­lic sen­ti­ment in the coun­try is largely against what the new au­thor­i­ties cur­rently do. An­other prob­lem for the pop­u­la­tion of Ar­me­nia can ul­ti­mately ex­haust their pa­tience.

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