Published On: Wed, Sep 3rd, 2014

Working group for security coastguards

Coast GuardWILLEMSTAD - A working group will present a proposal on how to deal with the security of the Coast Guard personnel here in Curaçao. This is according to the Minister of Justice, Nelson Navarro.

The working group, consisting of a representative of the unions NAPB and ABVO, will examine this issue this week and will submit their findings and proposal to the Minister.

The minister in turn must submit the proposal, before a decision is made, to his other colleagues from the BES islands, Aruba and St. Maarten. Navarro had already met with the unions and also the Coast Guard commander about the situation. He is satisfied with the results of the meeting.

The union for Coast Guard personnel (NAPB) reported that the Dutch Coast Guard in the Caribbean part of the kingdom no longer patrols in the territorial waters around Bonaire and Curacao. This is the result of the increasing violence against Coast Guard personnel.

According to the NAPB, members are regularly intimidated. In a statement the NAPB said that neither the government nor the Coast Guard itself can guarantee the safety of its members.

NAPB president, Ronaldo Abrahams is also satisfied with the results of the meeting. He reports further that the committee has already scheduled their first meeting. The topic is the protection of the coastguards. The union leader also said that the plan is to expand the committee, but that will be announced at a later date.

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