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    TURKEY WELCOMES PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF ADZHARIA SITUATION

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    MOSCOW, MARCH 19 (RIA NOVOSTI) - Turkey has welcomed the peaceful settlement of the situation around Adzharia.

    Turkey is very glad about the peaceful easing of tensions between the government of Georgia and the leadership of the autonomous republic, says the statement of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, circulated by the Turkish embassy in Moscow.

    The Turkish Foreign Ministry also said that a Turkish delegation will be in Tbilisi and Batumi on March 19 through 21.

    The former foreign minister Yasar Yakis and former state minister Refaeddin Sahin as representatives of the Turkish government will go to Tbilisi and Batumi for talks with President Mikhail Saakashvili, the Georgian leadership and President of the Adzharian autonomous republic Aslan Abashidze, said the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

    The Turkish representatives will exchange opinions with the Georgian and Adzharian leaderships on what measures can be taken to prevent another worsening of relations between the sides, says the communique.

    Since the 10th century Adzharia has been part of Georgia. In the 11th and 13th centuries it was invaded by Seljuks and Mongol-Tatars. In the 17th century Adzharia was under Turkish rule. In 1878 it joined Russia. Since 1921 Adzharia has been an autonomous republic within Georgia.

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