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    TBILISI, March 18 (RIA Novosti) - Adzharian leader Aslan Abashidze is satisfied with the outcome of his talks with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

    "We looked into all problematic issues connected with both Adzharia and Georgia. The process of disarmament is underway in Adzharia and law enforcement structures confiscate unregistered weapons given to the population and other structures several days ago," Mr. Abashidze said.

    In his words, "the Adzharian leadership welcomes the president's initiative on the introduction of the institution of the presidential envoy in the autonomy." "The president will get complete information about the financial situation in the autonomy and its economic potential, the thing that didn't take place earlier," Mr. Abashidze said.

    "The potential of the Batumi port and its economic profitability exceeds three- to six-fold the potential of other ports of the Black Sea," the autonomy leader said.

    He said that during the talk with the president he had provided him with the information on different customs tariffs on the country's territory.

    Georgian Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania commented on the results of the talks between Adzharian leader Aslan Abashidze and Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili live on Rustavi-2 TV. In his words, the main problem was connected with the holding of independent free parliamentary elections. "Not all problems with Adzharia have been settled, but we need time, and soon the prosecutor general's office will deal with issues connected with illegal arrests on political motives in Adzharia," Zurab Zhvania said.

    In his words, the Adzharian situation is a good lesson for all. "The central authority is strong, and everybody perfectly understood this. Abashidze did not receive support from the Russian Federation, Turkey or the Council of Europe. We will not deprive the autonomy of its functions, but we won't allow dual power in Georgia," Zhvania told Rustavi-2.

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