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Georgian Foreign Minister Rejects Accusations Of 'Selective Justice'

Interview: Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze
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PRAGUE -- Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze has rejected allegations that her country's new authorities were applying "selective justice" by prosecuting members of the previous government on suspicion of corruption.

In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL in Prague on January 15, Panjikidze said the new government of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is "really committed to doing everything according to the rule of law."

President Mikheil Saakashivili, whose United National Movement was defeated by Ivanishvili's Georgian Dream coalition in an October parliamentary election, has complained of politically motivated reprisals.

In her interview with RFE/RL, Panjikidze also said European and Euro-Atlantic integration remains the "highest priority" of Georgian foreign policy.

She said Georgia is also seeking to "reestablish" its relationship with Russia while pursuing "the restoration of the territorial integrity and sovereignty" of the country.

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

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