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PRESIDENT OF GEORGIAN DISMISSES RUMORS

During his traditional meeting with mass media on Monday, President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze touching briefly upon socio-political situation in the country strongly refuted recent media reports that US ex-Secretary of State James Baker visiting Tbilisi had allegedly asked him to leave his presidential post, and not to impede the coming of the radical pro-American opposition to power; the Georgian President has described it as “invention”. Reportedly, Mr. James Baker - who had arrived in Tbilisi at the request of President George Bush - himself disproved the allegations. He said to journalists that Washington had never raised and is not raising a question about Shevardnadze's resignation as president of Georgia. "The United States supported and continues to support Shevardnadze,” he said. The term of presidential power of Eduard Shevardnadze expires in 2005.

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