Georgia, Russia agree to re-open border crossing: Tbilisi

TBILISI, Dec 24, 2009 (AFP) - Georgia and Russia, who fought a brief war last year, have agreed to re-open their land border to traffic three years after it was closed, Georgia's foreign ministry said Thursday.

The two countries have reached a deal to re-open the Upper Lars checkpoint, which was closed in 2006, Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Nino Kalandadze said.

It is the only land border crossing that does not go through Georgia's Russian-backed rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia which were the focus of the 2008 conflict.

"The decision to re-open (the border) has been made," she told journalists, adding that she expected the crossing to re-open by the beginning of March.

Source: AFP

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