The Georgian president thinks the actions of the Adzharian leaders "are directed at preventing the March 28 elections to the Georgian parliament in the republic or at total falsification of their results."
"The current leadership of Adzharia is doing everything possible to prevent extraordinary democratic elections of the local administration," Mr. Saakashvili said commenting on the situation in the republic. According to him, the Adzharian authorities dispel opposition actions and arrest dissenters, in gross violation of democratic norms.
In view of the tense situation in the republic, the Georgian authorities decided to create a Crisis Management Centre that will deal with the problem, said the President. It will be chaired by Georgian Premier Zurab Zhvaniya. "The main task of the centre will be humanitarian efforts to protect people and their rights," said Mr. Saakashvili.