Published On: Mon, May 28th, 2018

Tripartite consultation Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten in preparation for IpKo

ipko delegation CuracaoTHE HAGUE - Delegations from the Parliaments of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten are currently conducting tripartite consultations in preparation for the Interparliamentary Kingdom Council (IpKo) where they discuss current issues with members of the First and Second Chamber Committees for Kingdom Relations from tomorrow to Friday.

The delegations of the Caribbean countries try to agree on taking common positions during the tripartite meeting - which has just started. High on the agenda is the dispute settlement that has been discontinued since 2010. The countries are pushing for an independent institute that makes binding statements. The Netherlands does not want this and has successfully delayed the negotiations. There is now a draft law initiated under former Minister of Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk but it does not meet the conditions. An old wish also comes up: the establishment of a Constitutional Court where The Hague also does not see anything in it.

The delegations will further discuss the functioning of the Financial Supervision Council, the influx of Dutch interns on the islands, cooperation in health care, the PVV's proposal to expel criminal Antilleans and the situation in Venezuela and its consequences for the ABC islands. The agenda also includes a discussion about the 'future of the Kingdom' and how current relations can be improved.

Photo: Curaçao IPKO delegation

By Rene de Zwart


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