Published On: Thu, Oct 30th, 2014

Environmental organization sends letter to Dutch Foreign Minister on oil refinery

RefineryWILLEMSTAD – In a letter directed to the new Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Albert Gerards Koenders, the local environmental organization SMOC, request attention to the problems with the oil refinery here in Curaçao.

In their letter the SMOC asks about the boycott imposed on Russia by the European Union. “Judging by recent media reports, the problem regarding the Isla may have been given a new dimension from a geopolitical perspective: Russia.” According to SMOC, Curaçao is part of the Dutch Kingdom and should support the economic boycott against Russia. If this is not so, SMOC wants to know if Curaçao can disregard the sanctions against Russia.

“The Kingdom of the Netherlands is part of the EU and Curaçao has a so-called OCT status. The EU supports the economic boycott against Russia. Shouldn’t Curaçao also do this?”

The Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA will soon import oil from Russia. Though this will be used as a test, SMOC wonders if the import of this oil is not against the stand taken by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. “We gladly see your response in this matter,” SMOC stated in its letter.

“From "Guidelines for the Kingdom Delegation to the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly", dated September 8, 2014 it shows that you, on behalf of the Kingdom Government, admit, on the geopolitical vision, that Aruba, St. Maarten and Curacao belong to the category of small island developing states (SIDS). Furthermore, it is recognized that SIDS know special circumstances, such as the existence of a threat of climate change. An important pillar in geopolitical discussions on climate change is the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2). Are you aware that Curacao, with the refinery as a major energy consumer, is part of the global top ten with regards to the emission of CO2 / capita? To what extent do you consider the geopolitical vision of the Kingdom government, therefore, in accordance with its own actions?”

SMOC hopes to receive an answer from the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs on this important issue.




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