Published On: Thu, Aug 21st, 2014

Roles Kingdom is not fairly distributed

Glenn SulvaranWILLEMSTAD – According to the parliaments of Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten, the roles in the Dutch Kingdom are not fairly divided. These three countries do not feel as equal partners in the Kingdom.

“There is a Statute, there is Constitution, but it is obvious that the Netherlands uses articles in the Constitution in their favor, to intervene with the internal affairs of each country,” independent MP, Glenn Sulvaran said.

Some politicians have said during the tripartite that Netherlands abuses the fact that they have the majority in the Kingdom Council of Ministers. According to Sulvaran, the Statute should have been changed when the countries were preparing to become autonomous. But in that same process, the parties proposed to introduce article 12a in the Statute, where it says that there must be a provision to come up with a conflict agreement on interpretation of laws in the Kingdom. During that time Aruba even stated that for them to accept the changes in the political relation between the countries in the Kingdom, agreement must be accepted.

Aruba has even proposed a motion to establish an official organ to deal with conflicts within the Kingdom. That motion was accepted by the Dutch House of Commons. This organ will advise and decide on issues regarding interpretation of the Kingdom laws.

“After we have this taken care off, the Netherlands cannot bypass the government of each island through the Governor like they did in Aruba,” Sulvaran said.

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