Published On: Fri, Feb 16th, 2018

Consultation on border closure without result

Raymond-Knops-1THE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD - At various levels there has been contact between the Kingdom and Venezuelan authorities over the continuing border blockade against the ABC islands over the past few weeks.

This is stated by The Undersecretary of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Raymond Knops in a letter to the House of Representatives (Second Chamber) in which he responds on behalf of the Dutch government to the appointment list of the January Interparliamentary Consultation on Aruba.

The Undersecretary says he hopes for an early normalization of relations. Whereupon that hope is based is not clear from the letter. Earlier, the now-retired Minister Halbe Zijlstra of Foreign Affairs expressed the expectation that the blockade will continue at least until after the presidential elections at the end of April.

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