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    GEORGIAN LEADERSHIP CREATES ANTI-CRISIS CENTRE ON ADZHARIA

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    POTI, March, 2004. (RIA Novosti) -- Georgian leadership made a decision to create a special anti-crisis centre on Adzharia, president of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili said on Monday at a emergency session of the Georgian government in Poti (Western Georgia), which discussed the situation in the autonomy.

    "Our main task is to defend democracy and human rights, as well as disarm and neutralize armed people in Adzharia. For this purpose we are creating an anti-crisis centre, which will be situated in Poti," the president said.

    The Novosti-Georgia information agency quotes Mikhail Saakashvili as saying that the anti-crisis centre will be headed by prime minister Zurab Zhvaniya.

    "The main sphere of its work will be humanitarian activity connected with the protection of people and their rights, and gathering information about repressions against them in the autonomy," Mr. Saakashvili reported.

    The president of Georgia pointed out that the centre would be instructed with the solution of issues related to banning any non-sanctioned movements towards and from Adzharia. With this aim in view the Georgian border forces will take the water area of the Batumi port under special control. "These measures are being taken not to let arms and military hardware penetrate Adzharia," Mikhail Saakashvili stressed.

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