Published On: Mon, Feb 1st, 2016

Prime Minister: “Statements Dutch Parliament hypocritical”

Ben_WhitemanWILLEMSTAD – “The statement of the Dutch Parliament recently regarding the Isla oil refinery, that there is a violation of human rights and inadequate governance is hypocrisy,” said the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Dr. Bernhard Whiteman.

The Prime Minister said that he’s very surprised with this statement because the Dutch MPs know how much effort the Curaçao government is putting in this matter.

The new chairman of the Greentown organization, David Dick said that he’s pleased that the Netherlands is aware of the environmental problem and feels partly responsible for this.

The Dutch Lower House was quite unanimous about a possible intervention by the Netherlands if the Curaçao government does not take action to improve the situation. PvdA MP Roelof van Laar said not to expect that the Curaçao government is going to do it themselves. “In fact, the government is always on the side of the oil refinery in every lawsuit.” MPs Liesbeth van Tongeren (GroenLinks) and Sjoerd Sjoerdsma (D66) agreed with Van Laar’s statement. Minister Ronald Plasterk of Kingdom Relations, however, said that he wants to help, but will not intervene.

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