Problems continue at Bulgarian-Turkish border because of lorry transit licence dispute

The dispute between Bulgaria and Turkey over the issuing of transit licences for trucks is continuing, and the Foreign Ministry in Sofia has issued a warning to travellers to expect possible delays.

Turkey has blamed Bulgaria for the problem, with Turkish transport minister Lyutvi Elvan saying that the Turkish association of international hauliers has complained of unfairness on the part of Bulgaria.

Ankara has said that Bulgaria has provided only 15 000 transit permits from the quota of 125 000 permits for Turkey for 2014. Turkey has reciprocated by closing off the access of Bulgarian lorries at the Kapikule border crossing, reports said.

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