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Constitution Protection Bureau has decided to provide Latvian Healthcare Minister Guntis Belevics from the Union of Greens and Farmers with access to official secrets, as confirmed by Prime Minister’s press secretary Aiva Rozenberga.

This fact was confirmed by this Tuesday’s invitation by Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma’s to all ministers without exception to gather in the Small Hall in order to discuss a matter that has limited access.

«Now all ministers should gather in the closed hall. All ministers,» – said Straujuma after the open portion of the government meeting this Tuesday, March 31st.

It should be added that Belevics is not yet aware as to whether or not he has been provided with access to official secrets. He originally wanted to find out today, but has not had the time to do it.

It was previously assumed that Belevics has been provided with a temporary permit to access official secrets.

Chairperson of Latvia’s Green Party Edgars Tavars had previously confirmed that Belevics now has access to official secrets. According to information from LETA, Belevics’ permit may have been issued only for a period of six months.

When asked if he has been issued a short-term permit, Belevics said he has yet to read the letter sent by the Constitutions Protection Bureau.

CPB has sent Belevics a letter in which the bureau informs him of the issue of a permit to access official secrets. Belevics had previously confirmed that the State Chancellery has received the letter. However, because of the conference that was held in Riga this Monday, Belevics has not had the time to come pick it up.

Diena newspaper had previously suggested that Belevics could have been refused access to official secrets because of Chechen businessman Bislan Abdulmuslimov, who has been under close watch by special services in regard to Rezekne meat processing plant and its co-owner Guntis Piteronoks.

CPB has been carefully considering whether or not to provide Guntis Belevics with access to official secrets. ‘Someone may want to take me down by means of access to official secrets, but I see no reason for it,’ – said the minister.

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