Published On: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014

“Do not rebel against interference or commonwealth”

Dutch ParliamentTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Lower House in the Dutch Parliament starts today with the discussions on a possible new structure for Curaçao, Sint Maarten and Aruba. The factions indicate that the former Netherlands Antilles islands have to choose.

The islands have to tackle their problems with finances and corruption or opt for a commonwealth.

This initiative comes after a note from the Dutch parties VVD and the SP. In the House there is great controversy about this issue.

During the consultation, the parties spoke about a new partnership in which the relationship with the Netherlands is equitable. In the case of a Commonwealth the islands are independent but have co-operation as a starting point.

Other parties, however, are opposed to this and believes that rules, laid down in the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, must be followed. In other words, “the financial problems and corruption must be tackled without the islands reacting against Dutch involvement”. “The Netherlands is responsible under the statute and must intervene sometimes,” says VVD MP André Bosman. Minister Ronald Plasterk of Kingdom Relations is not present during the debate today.

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