South Caucasus; Abandoned Railway to Be Reopened
Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia are seeking to restore the railroad, built in the USSR era, after the Nagorno-Karabakh war.
According to Public Relations & Intl. Affairs, Neue Zürcher Zeitung the Swiss, German-language daily newspaper writes: the aim of renovating the abandoned railroad from Baku to Nakhchivan is the prosperity of the South Caucasus.
But for the time being, the railway station in Meghry in southern Armenia is thoroughly damaged. The photos show the abandoned station building and rails are covered with weeds. The only railroad directly leading to the border river of Aras is barely seen. As of 1992, one train would pass from Yerevan to Baku through Meghry on a daily basis. The first war broke out between Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Nagorno-Karabakh region, cut the cross-border ties.
In the autumn of last year, after the end of the war, both sides began work on the reconstruction of the railway with the mediation of Russia. The last paragraph of the joint statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on November 9, 2020, on the termination of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, provides for the opening of cross-border transport links. Thus, the goal is to give new economic perspectives to this war-torn region.
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