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    TBILISI, APRIL 6, 2004. (RIA NOVOSTI). The parliament of Adzharia (autonomous republic of Georgia) adopted an appeal to international organizations, which says in particular, that the decision of the Georgian central election commission to annul the results of the voting to the Georgian parliament in two election districts of the autonomy, is illegal.

    RIA Novosti was told in the Adzharian mission in Tbilisi that the document signed by speaker of the autonomy's parliament Giorgy Tsintskiladze, also says that the central authorities deliberately sent an insufficient number of ballots to the autonomy. This, the MPs believe, led to the situation when many Adzharian residents could not take part in the voting on March 28.

    The Central Election Commission acted under the pressure of the Georgian political leadership, and this prevented Adzharian representatives from making it to the parliament of the new convocation, said the source.

    Commenting on other questions, considered at the session of the Adzharian parliament on Tuesday, the mission reported that on the results of the fulfillment of the quarterly budget the deficit of means is being observed.

    "The economic sanctions with respect to Adzharia, which were introduced on March 15 and were effective for several days, led to a serious deficit of the regional budget," said the source.

    Adzharian finance minister Yasha Chavlishvili said that 1,900,000 laris were transferred from the autonomy's budget to the central budget out of the customs service's revenues (Adzharia borders on Turkey) during last March and 1,692,000 laris of tax revenues ($1 equals 2 laris).

    It should be mentioned that only 1,179,000 laris were transferred from the central budget to finance social articles of the autonomy's budget.

    "The statement of Georgian prime minister Zurab Zhvaniya that transfers from the Adzharian autonomy's budget stopped over the last three months, do not correspond to reality. We hope that when the clear-cut delimitation of powers between the center and the region is established mutual accusations will be terminated and misunderstanding will disappear," reports the Adzharian mission in Tbilisi.

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