TBILISI, DFWatch – Alexander Ankvab, the newly elected leader of Georgia’s breakaway region Abkhazia, says that it’s necessary to establish customs control on the Abkhaz side of the border with Georgia, Russian news agencies report.

“It’s no secret that in the stores and markets a lot of fruits and vegetables and consumer goods are entering illegally via the Abkhazian-Georgian border, and the state has no income from this trade,” he is quoted saying at a press conference in the Abkhazian capital Sukhumi.

Customs check will be put in place on the so-called border in the near future, he added.

Alexander Ankvab was elected president of Abkhazia in August 2011.