Koenders: “No naivety when it comes to Venezuela”
ORANJESTAD - The Kingdom must remain ‘very vigilant’ when it comes to the situation in neighboring Venezuela. This is according to the Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders during a press conference after the annual Kingdom External Relations Conference.
Koenders spoke with the Prime Ministers of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten on specific scenarios, how to deal with the crisis in Venezuela. That crisis could affect the Caribbean countries of the Kingdom, said the Minister.
The Minister recognizes that the situation in Venezuela, since his last visit to the islands, only became worse. Yet he does not want to “fall into pessimism. However, he says that there is no reason for naivety.”
Koenders said that all options are negotiable. Although the introduction of a visa was not discussed for Venezuelans during the consultation, but he does not exclude this option.
The Netherlands, according to Koenders, is lobbying through the embassy in Caracas for the payment of overdue balances of air ticket sales by the Venezuelan authorities to Insel Air and Aruba Airlines.
Koenders also spoke with the Premiers on the accession of the Caribbean part of the Kingdom to the regional trade union CARICOM as associated member states.
By Ariën Rasmijn