Published On: Tue, Aug 12th, 2014

Asjes speaks against accusations Schotte on Sanctions Ordinance

AsjesWILLEMSTAD – The agreement on the Sanctions Ordinance does not imply that Curacao will surrender its autonomy to Netherlands, as was declared by the MFK leader Gerrit Schotte on the social media. This prompted Prime Minister Ivar Asjes (PS) to respond to the accusations made by the former Prime Minister of Curaçao.

In a public meeting, the Parliament of Curaçao will look at a proposal for modification of the Sanctions Ordinance. This law currently assumes that sanctions agreed by the United Nations will be automatically adopted through a local law.

The proposal, which is now being discussed states that sanctions agreed by the EU, will also be accepted using the local law system. Asjes stressed last weekend that there is a clear difference between the two laws.

He pointed out that the Kingdom of the Netherlands is part of the United Nations, but that the Netherlands is a member of the European Union. Curacao is an OCT (Overseas Countries and Territories) and as such has a relationship with the European Union. Opposition to the proposed law's amendment, according to the Prime Minister, makes little sense, because the Netherlands will push through in the Kingdom Council of Ministers.

According to Asjes, this situation will persist as long as Curacao is part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. That is why his party is working to raise awareness of the Curaçao people, so that the island could someday become independent.

The Prime Minister warned that any parliamentarian who is thinking about voting against the amendment of this Sanctions Ordinance during the public meeting to think about what he or she is doing.

“Every vote against the amendment is a vote in favor of the Netherlands to introduce this law by a Kingdom Act. Remember, it becomes a Kingdom Act. Not a consensus Act, where we at least have something to say.”

Asjes also declared that he finds Schotte’s position very strange. As a Prime Minister, he opposed sanctions against Iraq in 2012 and was heavily critized by the Dutch Prime Minister. Schotte then instructed the former Minister Plenipotentiary, Sheldry Osepa to vote in favor of these sanctions in the Kingdom Council of Ministers.

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