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Armenia, Georgia Continue To Discuss Border Demarcation


By Emil Danielyan
Armenia and Georgia have held yet another round of talks on the demarcation of their frontier without announcing an imminent end to the long-running process.

The Armenian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that government officials from the two countries dealing with the issue met in Yerevan the previous day to discuss the work conducted by their joint working groups. A ministry statement announced only an agreement to divide the border into four sections, presumably to concentrate on each of them separately.

The statement also said each government will submit its own version of the demarcated border before the next meeting of the Georgian-Armenian body to be held in Tbilisi in December. No other details were reported.

The land border between the two Caucasus states is more than a hundred kilometers long and runs across rugged terrain dotted with mountains, forests and rivers. It is defined by Soviet-era maps that are not precise enough to delineate its every section. Some plots of land are still a bone of contention nearly twelve years after the Soviet collapse. Most of them straddle Armenia’s northeastern Tavush region and the Marneuli district in southern Georgian mainly populated with ethnic Azerbaijanis.

Georgia’s frontier with Azerbaijan has also not been demarcated yet. The issue is being dealt with by a similar bilateral intergovernmental body.
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