Restrictions lifted at check point on Russia-Georgia border

Restrictions lifted at check point on Russia-Georgia border
By Nikolai Styazhkin

ITAR-TASS News Agency
October 16, 2004 Saturday

STAVROPOL, October 16 — Restrictions for the border crossing for
Georgian citizens, living in the Kazbegi border region, and their
vehicles have been lifted at the Verkhny Lars border check point
on the North Ossetian section of the Russian-Georgian state border,
a spokesman for the North Caucasian regional border department told
Itar-Tass on Saturday.

Restrictions were introduced after the hostage tragedy at a Beslan
school. However, Sergei Livantsov said, neither Georgians from the
Kazbegi region nor residents of North Ossetia-Alania can exercise
their right. The reason is that the Georgian check point Kazbegi,
situated next to Verkhny Lars still remains closed.

That is why, a transit truck convoy of the Russian defence ministry,
carrying cargo for Russian military bases in Armenia, fails to drive
into Georgia, Livantsov said.

He also said that restrictions persist for the border crossing by
citizens and transport at four Russian checkpoints on the border with
Azerbaijan. Only Russian and Azerbaijani citizens returning home are
let cross the border.

Meanwhile, border is crossed in a routine mode at railway and sea
checkpoints, as well as at all international airports of the North

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress