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    GEORGIA: CABINET FOR EMERGENCY SESSION ON ADZHAR CRISIS

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    POTI, MARCH 14, RIA NOVOSTI - Georgia's Cabinet is gathering for an emergency session in Poti, Georgia's west, 11 a.m. tomorrow, Georgi Baramidze, Interior Minister, said to the media.

    The conferees will take stock of problem-laden Adzhar developments after Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili and persons accompanying him were not admitted to the recalcitrant autonomy. The presidential motorcade was stopped on Adzharia's administrative border on the Choloki river, the Novosti/Georgia news agency reports with reference to Mr. Baramidze.

    "A parliamentary election, essential for this country, is approaching. No one has the right to ban the public to speak up, let alone forbid the President to enter any part of Georgia on a pre-election campaign," stressed the minister.

    He confirmed rumours of the Georgian aerial domain locked today: "[Adzhar president] Aslan Abashidze is doggedly trying to get back to Batumi [republican capital] from Moscow. Georgia's president is making it no secret that Georgian air has been officially closed. We shall respond in kind later, too.

    "I want to make the following statement: the Georgian top is not going to idly watch the developments. National leaders will do all they can to get under proper control whatever is entitled to such central control." "No one has the right to prevent any Georgian citizen, let alone President, to come to whatever part of the country and meet the local public-the electorate-to explain national leaders' stances. President Saakashvili brought that point home to Aslan Abashidze as they had a phone talk this afternoon," added the Interior Minister.

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