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    TBILISI, March 16, 2004 (RIA Novosti correspondent Marina Kvaratsihelia) -- Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov arrived in Adzharia on Tuesday's morning. As the press service of the Adzharian leader Aslan Abashidze has reported, in the plans for the first half of the day is a meeting of the head of Moscow's City Hall with the head of Georgia'a autonomy in the administrative building of the Georgian Customs at the Sarpi check point on the border with Turkey.

    Since the air space above the territory of Adzharia was closed by the Georgian authorities Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov arrived in Adzharia via Turkey, the press service noted.

    As Adzharian interior minister Dzhemal Gogitidze told newsmen, Luzhkov is to assume intermediary functions between Adzharian leader Aslan Abashidze and President of Georgia Mikhail Saakashvili.

    On Sunday Saakashvili's motorcade was stopped at the administrative border with the Georgian autonomy and denied entry.

    This evoked a sharp reaction of the Georgian leadership. The President of Georgia presented an ultimatum to the leadership of Adzharia demanding that his unhindered movement across the territory of Adzharia be ensured. Mr. Abashidze rejected the ultimatum. After that a partial blockade of Adzharia was introduced.

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