Lorry drivers lift blockade of Bulgarian-Turkish border

The blockade of the past three days by protesting lorry drivers at the Bulgarian-Turkish border was lifted in the first few minutes of February 13 2014 after Bulgaria agreed to provide 100 000 transit permits to Turkish hauliers.

Problems at the border began on January 30 when Turkey reciprocated for what it said was Bulgaria’s failure to provide the 250 000 permits agreed for 2014, instead providing only 5000.

As the situation worsened, small companies mounted a blockade at two border checkpoints, by February 12 resulting in queues of lorries stretching back several kilometres and prompting urgent discussions by Bulgarian and Turkish officials.

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(Photo: Anton Lefterov)