Published On: Fri, May 2nd, 2014

Van Raak MP: “Ms. Wiels is damaging Curacao’s interests”

Ronal van RaakTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – “Calling your predecessor a ‘sissy with a pink string’ does not fit with the role of a Minister Plenipotentiary,” according to the Dutch MP for the Socialist party SP, Ronald van Raak.

Ms. Wiels continues to cause unrest. After the fraud with her ​​resume, the hassle with the personnel at the Curacao House in The Hague and threatening a journalist there is now discriminatory remarks and again dubious financial conditions of the Curacao representation in the Netherlands.

“The Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao has lost her authority in The Hague. That is harmful to Curacao. Ms. Wiels is not only the representative of Curacao in the Kingdom Council of Ministers, but also a point of contact for politicians in The Hague. In the past, I had good contact with the Ministers Plenipotentiary of the Netherlands Antilles, with whom I often disagreed, but they could explain to me why in the Caribbean sometimes people would think and do things differently,” Van Raak said.

“These Ministers could act as a mediator and help to increase mutual understanding. Ms. Wiels is not performing this function at all. Her attitude is to keep Dutch politicians to a distance and confirms to the Dutch citizens their prejudice that Curacao is a constant source of annoyance and hassle,” Van Raak indicated.

“I've often held Prime Minister Rutte, the Chairman of the Kingdom Council of Ministers, accountable for the behavior of Ms. Wiels, but he cannot do anything but refer me to Curacao. The Curaçao parliament had a critical debate about Ms. Wiels, but the coalition parties are still keeping her in the saddle. Of course, the appointment of a Minister Plenipotentiary of Curaçao is a matter of the island itself. And I also fully understand the difficult political situation in Curaçao. But it is precisely in these difficult times a good thing to have a Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague, who can inform the politicians rather than offend them, one that can form a bridge instead of creating gap. Curacao needs a Minister who can defend the interests of the island and the government, instead of harming them,” Van Raak said.

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