Georgia's President Eduard Shevardnadze has said he is not going to resign at a time when the situation in the country is "grave". Speaking on national television on Thursday, Shevardnadze confirmed that "resignations have been tendered by the parliamentary speaker, the interior minister, and the prosecutor-general". Shevardnadze said that he had given thought to his recent statement on his readiness to retire and "realised that today he must remain in his place". The Georgian president said he must take part in forming a new cabinet. Shevardnadze called on the population to remain calm.