Plasterk waits till Curaçao asks for help
WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Minister of Kingdom Affairs, Ronald Plasterk has made no concrete offers to help Curaçao with the pollution problem caused by the oil refinery Isla. Plasterk was instructed by the Dutch House of Representatives to assist the Government of Curaçao in this endeavor.
According to Plasterk, it is not up to him to make this offer, but the government of Curaçao should make this request.
The Dutch House of Representatives had asked him to assist the island proactively to find a solution to the problems with the refinery. The Netherlands, according to Plasterk, is willing to provide expertise, but only if Curaçao's request. This is in stark contrast to what he was instructed to do.
Prime Minister Dr. Ben Whiteman has indicated to be happy with the offer, but has left it at that.