Published On: Mon, Dec 24th, 2012

Suriname in no hurry to approve appointment of new Dutch ambassador

PARAMARIBO, Suriname – Suriname is in no hurry to approve the appointment of a new Dutch ambassador to Paramaribo in reaction to the Netherlands recalling its ambassador two years ago when Desi Bouterse was elected president of Suriname, Foreign Minister Winston Lackin said last week in statements to the media.

This was Lackin’s response to the Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmerman’s accusation that the Bouterse government is stalling Holland’s appointment of an ambassador to Suriname, its former colony.

The Dutch ambassador Aart Jacobi was recalled for consultations in the Netherlands when an amnesty law was adopted by the National Assembly of Suriname in April of this year that pardoned Bouterse of any wrongdoing in the 1980 coup.

The Netherlands is represented in Paramaribo at the level of charge d'affaires.

In response to the Netherlands’ move, and other actions taken to isolate Suriname from the EU, Paramaribo also has no ambassador in The Hague.

During the budget debate this month, Lackin discussed Suriname-Netherlands ties and said that diplomatic posts will be filled on the basis of value and importance of the relationship.

"We must not forget that The Hague publicly decided not to respect the choice of the Surinamese people and that of the National Assembly; you do not expect me to be in a hurry to appoint an ambassador there," said Lackin.

Lackin also said that his government will not reject the appointment of a new Dutch ambassador, but Suriname is in no hurry. The Hague is not a priority for the government, he added.

By Ray Chickrie
Caribbean News Now contributor

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