Published On: Tue, Aug 19th, 2014

Kingdom Government cannot force Curaçao to take over sanctions

Premier Gerrit SchotteWILLEMSTAD – In a letter to the parliaments of the Netherlands, Sint Maarten and Aruba, the Curaçao MPs Gerrit Schotte and Hensly Koeiman indicate that the Kingdom Council of Ministers cannot force Curacao to take over the Sanctions Ordinance.

Last week this ordinance was rejected by a majority in parliament even by the coalition party Pueblo Soberano (PS). The Prime Minister Ivar Asjes was in favor of the bill, but as already mentioned it was rejected by his own party.

The amendments made to the bill included a provision which states that Curaçao should automatically take over sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU) through the local Parliament. The opponents saw the adjustment as the return of colonialism for Curaçao.

Rejecting the adjustment has led to questions in the Dutch parliament. The members of parliament for the VVD, André Bosman, Han ten Broeke and Mark Verheijen have submitted these questions to both Minister Frans Timmermans of Foreign Affairs and to the Minister Ronald Plasterk (PvdA) of Kingdom Relations of the consequences of the rejection of the law by the parliament of Curaçao, while the parliaments of St. Maarten and Aruba have accepted it.

They also want to know if it is true that in accordance with the Statute the foreign relations is a Kingdom affairs.

Schotte and Koeiman declared that the Kingdom an international legal person is and that each country within this Kingdom constitutes a separate economy.

“The Kingdom is not a customs union, nor does it constitute an economic and monetary union. The Kingdom is not even a free trade area. The result is that foreign economic relations of the individual countries of the Kingdom may vary.”

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