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<font class="welcome">Ajara : Between Democracy and Non-Democracy</font>

Adjara : Between Democracy and Non-Democracy

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia. Tbilisi, May 6, 2004. Sources: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and EU Presidency.

As a result of mass civil protests against brutal violation of Human Rights, demolition of bridges at the administrational border, unlawful arrests and other anti-state acts committed by Aslan Abashidze's regime on May 6, 2004 Aslan Abashidze, Head of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara along with his accompanying persons left Georgia. The President of Georgia gave full safety guarantees to Aslan Abashidze and the members of his family thus avoiding any development of events in an uncivilized way.

The world community witnessed today - what the Georgian Authorities used to stress repeatedly, that this conflict was not between autonomy and centre, rather, between democracy and non-democracy, which eventually ended in democracy's absolute victory. What occurred in Georgia attests further to the fact that our country has decidedly entered the 21st century taking its place among European democracies.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia confirms the readiness of the Georgian Authorities to do the utmost in order to restore law and constitutional order on the territory of Adjara, speed up the disarmament process of population and set the favourable stage for the democratic development of the region. The Autonomous Republic of Adjara will be subjected to immediate presidential rule. An interim council will be set up to administer the Autonomy of Adjara until the local governing bodies are elected. Free and fair elections planned to be held at the earliest possible date will allow the population to elect new local authorities. The railway communications will be restored and the Batumi port and terminal will renew functioning within the next few hours. The motor-road bridges will be reconstructed for the smooth transportation of cargoes in several forthcoming days.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is grateful for the support rendered by partner states and international organizations. Of particular importance is the role of the Russian Federation as well as the US support for the peaceful way taken by Georgia, which to a large extent facilitated the quick peaceful discharge of tensions in Adjara.

The Georgian Authorities are confident that the world community will further provide its active backing in the cause of Georgia's reconstruction, development and Europization.


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Directeur de la publication : Joël-François Dumont
Comité de rédaction : Jacques de Lestapis, Hugues Dumont, François de Vries (Bruxelles), Hans-Ulrich Helfer (Suisse), Michael Hellerforth (Allemagne).
Comité militaire : VAE Guy Labouérie (†), GAA François Mermet (2S), CF Patrice Théry (Asie).