Baku, Azerbaijan, May 27
By Emin Aliyev - Trend:
Azerbaijan's customs checkpoints on the border with Russia are working in enhanced mode to address the back up of vehicles formed there, State Customs Committee (SCC) of Azerbaijan told Trend on May 27.
The vehicles transiting goods to Turkey had to pass through Azerbaijan's territory because of a landslide on the Russian-Georgian border area.
A large flow of vehicles caused delays at the Azerbaijani-Russian customs area, resulting in a long queue of dozens of vehicles on both sides of the border.
"As a result, the customs checkpoints started working in an enhanced mode, and the time allotted for registering one car was reduced to the minimum. Currently, more than 200 vehicles have passed the checkpoints," the state committee said.
Georgia's Revenue Service (a body combining the functions of taxes and customs authorities) told Trend on May 27 that the work at the Kazbegi Customs Checkpoint (also called Upper Lars Checkpoint from Russian side) has been suspended and the area around the checkpoint has been cordoned off.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Georgian customs service announced that the Kazbegi Customs Checkpoint will resume its work in the weeks to come, adding that special equipment is being deployed at the disaster site to this end.
The Georgian media reported that vehicles moving towards the Georgian-Russian border have been trapped under the rock mass which collapsed on May 17 near the Gveleti village.
The falling rocks also blocked the entrance to a tunnel of a water power plant, which is currently under construction in Dariali.
The rockslide also damaged the main gas pipeline, resulting in cessation of the Russian gas deliveries to Armenia through Georgia.
Edited by C.N.