Published On: Sat, Feb 27th, 2016

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss ties between islands and CARICOM

KoendersWILLEMSTAD, THE HAGUE - Ties with CARICOM, the Caribbean organization, will be discussed at the Kingdom level. This is stated in the report of the Kingdom Delegation activities in late September in New York during the 70th General Assembly of the United Nations.

The Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders sent the report to the Dutch House of Representatives yesterday. Currently Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten have now the status of observer.

During the U.N. meeting, Koenders together with the Aruban Prime Minister, Mike Eman and the then Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, Marcel Gumbs spoke with the CARICOM Directors.

Established in 1973, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is an organization of 15 Caribbean nations and dependencies. CARICOM's main purposes are to promote economic integration and cooperation among its members, to ensure that the benefits of integration are equitably shared, and to coordinate foreign policy. Its major activities involve coordinating economic policies and development planning;

Currently, talks about accession of Cuba and the Dominican Republic.

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