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    BATUMI, JANUARY 9, RIA NOVOSTI - Adzharia remains an inalienable part of Georgia, and will stay so, Aslan Abashidze, republican leader, said to the Adzhar television today, as the news agency Novosti/Georgia reports.

    Adzharia is among Georgia's economic and cultural pillars, he emphasised. The republic has honourably contributed to strengthening the Georgian state within the preceding decade. That is the Adzhar historic mission. Mr. Abashidze is determined to go on doing his bit for the cause now that the Georgian top has changed. "It will be preposterous to expect something different. Georgia is my native land, and Adzharia its part and parcel," he stressed.

    Newsmen have been asking him about future relations of the autonomous republic with the federal centre. The very way they are posing the question reflects misrepresentation of Adzhar affairs, with a hint at separatist moods, said Aslan Abashidze as he called to put an end to the blatant calumny.

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