Dutch MPs clash over Dutch Caribbean islands
THE HAGUE – The Dutch political parties PVV and SP flew at each other’s throats over the future of the former islands of the Netherlands Antilles. The radical PVV party wants to get rid of the islands in the Kingdom and blamed the House of Representatives for not listening to the citizens of the Netherlands and not presenting any proposal for the future of the islands. “That’s not true. Where have you been all this time?” asked Ronald van Raak, MP for the socialist party SP.
The Socialist MP pointed out that he has just made proposals with the VVD to change the ties between the Netherlands and the islands dramatically. “The Kingdom is not working. We need to move towards a commonwealth,” said Van Raak. In such a structure, each country is independent and cooperation is the starting point. The House is divided on this idea.
Other parties insist on a good arbitration to resolve conflicts better. Now there is often fuss about (financial) problems on the islands, and it is difficult to address the problems. The Netherlands has a duty of care for the Antilles.
Most of the Dutch people would, according to the PVV, get rid of Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Aruba, which are autonomous countries in the Kingdom. The MP for PVV, Sietse Fritsma referred to a study that the PVV had commissioned which showed that more than 60 percent behind is behind this idea. The inhabitants of these islands will no longer have the Dutch nationality, said the PVV MP.
The labor party PvdA makes emphasis on promoting better relations. Roelof van Laar of the PvdA said that the political relations are sometimes worrisome. “Sometimes it can just wear us out, but we also see a lot of positive energy. We must never give up hope. It can be real.”
Photo: PVV leader, Geert Wilders (left) and Sietse Fritsma