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ArmeniaGlobe: Construction of Armenia-Iran tunnel to start next year

Caspian News Agency, Fri 20 Dec 2002

Yerevan, December 20, 2002. (CNA). Edik Barseghian, the governor of southern Armenian province of Syunik, which borders with Iran, was among senior Armenian officials who traveled to Tehran last week to attend the 4-th session of a joint Iranian-Armenian intergovernmental commission.

Four provisions of a bilateral memorandum signed in Tehran refer to the province – construction of Iran-Armenian gas pipeline, Kajaran-Meghri automobile tunnel, hydro power station on border river Arax and Agarak-Shunuayr electricity line, Armenpress reports.

The governor said that the construction of the tunnel, which is expected to provide a safe and shortest route from Iran to Armenia, estimated at $43 million, is supposed to kick off in the first half of 2003. According to the agreement, Armenia will have to provide 15 percent of the funding. This project is expected to create hundreds of jobs for the province.

The Armenian governor was also in Tabriz where he signed an agreement with local authorities on founding a joint cattle-breeding farming economy in Syunik.

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