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    TBILISI, January 29 (RIA Novosti) - Georgian Prosecutor General Irakly Okruashvili has promised to check the reports about weapons handed out to the Adzharian population (Adzharia is an autonomy of Georgia). Okruashvili said this live on Thursday to the Rustavi-2 TV company.

    I received no comments on the handed out weapons, because I had a lot of work to do, but I will look into this, Okruashvili said to the company's correspondent.

    We are poised to meet any challenge, the prosecutor general added.

    The Georgian interior ministry earlier reported that weapons were handed out to the Adzharian population. "We will not have any confrontation or bloodshed in the autonomy," Georgian Interior Minister Georgy Baramidze said at a press conference.

    The minister acknowledged that the situation in Adzharia was tense at the moment. "We expect changes, and certain processes have already been launched," he emphasized.

    Baramidze noted, "if the population wants the local regime to be replaced, this should be done in a constitutional and peaceful way." The Adzharian president's press service bluntly refuted the information about handing out weapons to the autonomy's population.

    "Nobody gives out weapons to the population, this is out of the question. The spread of such information is nothing but misinformation and provocation," said the spokesman. When commenting on the situation in Batumi (the capital of Adzharia), the spokesman stated that the situation in the city was gradually stabilizing.

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