Bulgaria, Greece Presidents to Open Long-Awaited Border Crossing

Diplomacy | September 3, 2010, Friday // 16:04|  views

Pictured: Bulgarian and Greek PMs at the opening of the Zlatograd-Thermes border crossing in January 2010. Photo by BGNES

The Presidents of Bulgaria and Greece, Georgi Parvanov and Karolos Papoulias, will be opening the fifth crossing point on the joint border on September 9.

The opening of the Ivaylovgrad-Kyprinos border crossing close to Bulgaria's Kardzhali and Greece's Alexandroupolis will be used to celebrate the 130th year since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Greece, announced the Bulgarian Presidency.

The opening of the new border crossing was announced at the end of July at the first ever joint sitting of the Cabinets of Bulgaria and Greece.

After the sitting, Greek Prime Minister George Papandeou was received by Bulgarian President Parvanov.

Parvanov and Papandreou confirmed the upcoming opening of the Ivaylovgrad- Kyprinos border crossing point located in the south of Bulgaria and in the very northeast of Greece.

This will be the fifth crossing on the 493-km long Bulgarian-Greek border, which already has four border crossings – Kulata-Promachonas, Ilinden-Exochi, Svilengrad-Ormenio, and Zlatograd-Thermes.

The last one is only for cars and was opened in January 2010 by the two Prime Ministers Boyko Borisov and George Papandreou.

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Tags: Ivaylovgrad, border crossing point, greece, Georgi Parvanov, Karolos Papoulias, Ivaylovgrad-Kyprinos, Kulata-Promachonas, Ilinden-Exochi, Svilengrad-Ormenio, and Zlatograd-Thermes


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