World Bulletin / News Desk
The Turkish Red Crescent will provide lunchboxes to truck drivers waiting in long queues at the Turkish-Greek border after they were unable to cross into the EU via Bulgaria, due to a transit pass row between Ankara and Sofia.
After waiting at the Kapikule border gate between Turkey and Bulgaria for 12 days, the drivers turned to the Ipsala Gate between Greece and Turkey.
Turkey and Bulgaria closed the border last week after Sofia approved only 5,000 of the 125,000 transit permits requested by Turkish trucks at the beginning of the year.
The two states have not reached an agreement on the quota of transit pass permits. Neighboring countries will hold a ministerial level meeting on February 21.
Bulgarian truck drivers on Monday demanded the temporary permits ahead of a February 21 meeting in Ankara, which will try and find a permanent solution to the crisis.
As an alternative, Turkish truck drivers have since turned to alternative routes by sea and land through the Ipsala Gate.Last Mod: 13 Şubat 2014, 09:33