YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan–Armenpress)–The 28th session of the CIS Council of Railwaymen opened for the first time in Armenia–on March 6. The session was attended by 120 representatives from Bulgaria–CIS member countries and Baltic states.
In his message to the session participants–Armenian Prime Minister Andranik Margarian stressed the important role of railroads in Armenia’s integration into the world economy–in particular–the restoration of railroad transport with Iran–Turkey and Azerbaijan. The Armenian side is also interested in the restoration of the Abkhaz section of the Georgian railway. At the same time–the Prime Minister pointed out the importance of alternative means of transportation–whose intensification allows the aforementioned countries to restore economic relations.
The Minister of Transport and Communication of Armenia Yervand Zakharian–said that the meeting will discuss a number of normative acts as well as issues of maintenance of luggage vans and containers. According to the Minister–the meeting will allow the railroads of Bulgaria–CIS and Baltic states to intensify the economic cooperation. The Minister pointed out that economic ties between the former Soviet republics could have been better–if the railroads had been maintained. Zakharian also pointed out the importance of elaborating common normative documen’s and implementing common tariff policy.
According to the Head of the Railroad Production Association of Azerbaijan–Amed Omrakhov–such meetings have a positive impact on cooperation. He said that the breaking off of railroad communication with Azerbaijan inflicted intense suffering not only on Armenia–but also on Nakhijevan. Omrakhov expressed his opinion that the current situation may be normalized through the restoration of railway transportation. Speaking of the current stage of the personal meetings between the two countries’ presidents–Omrakhov expressed optimism that railway communication will be possible to restore in the future.