ArmInfo.Obviously, the opening of the land border with Turkiye will reduce kilometers, costs, but this is a big political process. Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures of Armenia Gnel Sanosyan said in his another interview.
He noted that the department continues consistent work in the context of improving the quality of road infrastructures. "We must bring the infrastructure into proper condition so that in the event of such a prospect (opening the border - ed note), the latter would be usable," the minister stressed.
At the same time, Sanosyan noted that the reconstruction of the road from the Margara bridge was started much earlier than the statements of intention to open the border with Turkey were announced, since interstate roads are a priority for the Ministry. And the bridge itself, according to him, is operable. The only problem is that the construction of the bridge is narrow and the traffic on it is one-way, which provides for the establishment of a traffic queue in the event of a border opening.
"The issue of expanding the bridge was considered, but this is not yet an effective solution. If everything goes to the fact that the border opens and there is a large flow of cars, I see the right solution in building a new bridge," he said.
Earlier, Turkiye's special representative in the negotiations on the settlement of relations between Armenia and Turkey, Serdar Kilic, said in January of this year that Armenia and Turkey had reached an agreement to give a new impetus to the work on opening the border for citizens of third countries. "Regarding the opening of the border for third-country nationals, our minister mentioned in his speech that an agreement had been reached to give a new impetus to work on this issue. The two ministers came to this agreement, and we will do our best to start operating the Margara bridge as soon as possible," said the special envoy of Turkiye, presenting the results of the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Armenia and Turkey in Ankara.
Diplomatic sources of ArmInfo familiar with the situation previously reported that in mid-summer the Armenian-Turkish border will already begin to receive citizens of third countries. "Probably, starting from July 1 of this year, if nothing prevents us, a checkpoint on the Armenian-Turkish border will be activated," the diplomatic source said, adding that other processes launched within the framework of the Armenian- Turkish normalization will follow.
The start of the normalization process was announced on December 13, 2021 by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. At the same time, he stressed that Ankara will act in coordination with Azerbaijan regarding steps to normalize relations with Armenia. After that, several rounds of negotiations took place between the special representatives of Armenia and Turkiye.