Published On: Mon, Apr 23rd, 2018

‘Military adventurism’ real threat for ABC islands

Rob_Verkerk_C-ZSKTHE HAGUE - 'Military adventurism' poses a real threat to Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire. The Lieutenant General of the Marines Rob Verkerk warned the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament. This is according to a report from Rene Zwart of ABC online media. The former Brigadier General did so today during a hearing convened by the Chamber Committee for Foreign Affairs in preparation for a debate with Minister Stef Blok on the foreign and security strategy of the Kingdom. Verkerk was, as ex-Commander of the Sea Force, one of the experts with whom the committee members wished to speak.

"In the Caribbean, the unstable situation in neighboring Venezuela mainly plays a role. Besides massive refugee flows towards the ABC Islands, this can also lead to military adventurism. This is a threat to the population and the economy of this overseas part of the Netherlands, which is important for the Netherlands, of which the Netherlands has the responsibility for the external defense," says Verkerk.

The navy man pointed out to MPs that being able to fall back on allies in the Caribbean by the absence of an international security structure in that region is 'less obvious' than in Europe. "As part of 'Preventing, Defending and Strengthening', it is important that the Netherlands has a credible deterrent or contributes to this. For example, the presence of a patrol ship in the West is different from that of a frigate or just the threat of the presence of a submarine, " Verkerk told the committee. "Other countries that can possibly come to the aid will, in any case, expect that the Netherlands will also take its own responsibility."

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