Published On: Fri, Dec 28th, 2012

Time for rest, peace and solidarity

WILLEMSTAD — Curaçao now needs rest, peace and solidarity, according to Governor Adèle van der Pluijm-Vrede in her Christmas speech this year. A start was made but we must expand on this, said the interim-governor. In her speech, Van der Pluijm-Vrede looked back on the past year and looked ahead, to 2013.  In her opinion 2012 was an eventful year with much discord. The interim-government installed late September began restoring the rest in the community, the confidence in governing the island and regaining the mutual trust. This is a tall order, said Van der Pluijm-Vrede. “There’s still a lot to be done but if we do this together I’m convinced there’s something positive in store for us.  We will succeed of we choose to focus on our similarities rather than our differences.”

Van der Pluijm-Vrede also advocated for more collaboration. “Building a nation together yields the best results; it creates a feeling of solidarity instead of discord and unrest, but also involves more responsibility. This means we’ll learn to grant each other the best, to approach and stimulate each other positively instead of being envious and displaying disparity.” According to the interim-governor is it therefore important that the people on Curaçao communicate with each other in an ‘open, honest, transparent and objective manner and assume the responsibility for the advancement of Curaçao’.

Van der Pluijm-Vrede remains optimistic as regards the future: “esteemed fellow citizens, with your cooperation, I therefore look forward to a future in which we devote ourselves to the welfare of our people and the development of our dushi Kòrsou.”

In her speech the interim-governor also spoke highly of former governor Frits Goedgedrag, who gave the traditional Christmas speech in the past ten years.

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