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Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze's statement about the Karabakh peace process recently made in Vilnius has caused a wide response not so much in Armenia and Azerbaijan as in Georgia itself.
To note, recently the South Caucasus media reported that in Vilnius Panjikidze allegedly made a statement saying that the Karabakh conflict should be settled exclusively within the frames of territorial integrity of the states. Though official Tbilisi refuted this information the same day, nevertheless, the excitement in the political circles of the country has not yet subsided.
The parliamentary minority of the country has raised the issue of Panjikidze's resignation in relation to her statement, which they think has threatened Georgia's image and the forthcoming visit of Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili to Armenia.
In the meantime, the political circles of Georgia mention the names of possible contenders for the post of the foreign minister, particularly, the former foreign minister Irakly Menagarishvili. However, the latter has denied this information.
The Georgian media have also disseminated information that the current situation may disrupt the Jan 17 visit of Prime Minister Ivanishvili to Armenia. However, the Prime Minister's press service has already stated that Ivanishvili will visit Armenia and hold the planned meetings.
In the meantime, the Georgian Premier himself has refused to give any comments on this and said that Panjikidze will give her own comments after returning to Georgia.