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Samuelsen gets sharp criticism in order to disclose confidential conversations

Minister for foreign affairs Anders Samuelsen (LA) is under fierce criticism from the president of the Danish parliament, Pia Kjærsgaard (DF), and other politicians at Christiansborg.

It writes the Berlingske tidende Tuesday.

In direct conflict with a decision from the senior management of the Ministry of foreign affairs, where two researchers from Copenhagen University permission to quote and publish highly confidential information from the special Foreign Tribunals.

Members of the board are usually subject to strict silence. The two scientists examine the Danish krigsdeltagelse in the years from 1993 to 2004.

Usually given to researchers only after at least 30 years, access to and use of confidential records from The Foreign policy Board.

the Danish parliament's top leadership, known as the bureau, therefore rejected in december the desire from the researchers. Now it turns out that the Ministry of foreign affairs yet has given permission, and that it can not be revoked.

It appears by an extensive correspondence on the matter, as the Telegraph is in possession of.

the Progress gets harsh criticism from Pia Kjærsgaard, the 10. January in a letter to Anders Samuelsen makes it clear that she finds "the foreign ministry's handling of this case is highly objectionable". It writes Berlingske.

- I can only say that the ministry is indifferent to the decision, the ministry itself had asked us to make, says Pia Kjærsgaard to the newspaper, and adds:

- It is crazy. There must be confidentiality on these matters.

Minister for foreign affairs Anders Samuelsen writes in a comment to Berlingske that the government has put emphasis on giving researchers the widest possible access to the source material.

- The openness is vital in order to give the researchers a real opportunity to make a thorough and unbiased examination, writes the foreign minister.

Samuelsen points out that it is not the first time that the Ministry of foreign affairs provides permission to obtain confidential information. It happened among others in connection with a report from the DIIS (Danish Institute for International Studies) about the CIA-flights from 2012, according to the comment.

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