Published On: Mon, Jan 26th, 2015

Cordoba MP gives cabinet Asjes last warning

Jaime-CordobaWILLEMSTAD – The Member of Parliament for the coalition party Pueblo Soberano, Jaime Cordoba said that it is incredible that the government headed by his own party colleague, Ivar Asjes is trying to get the Sanctions Ordinance through parliament. “He’s trying to do this while his own party clearly indicated to him that they don’t agree with this ordinance,” said Cordoba during the weekly party meeting last Saturday.

The Sanctions Ordinance remained a delicate issue for the government after last week a majority in parliament, the PS, MFK and MAN factions indicated to be against the latest adaptation to the Sanctions bill. The first version was already rejected by the three factions, because it indicated that Curaçao has to take over automatically all sanctions imposed by the European Union (EU). According to the three parties this will affect Curaçao’s autonomy.

In the new version this passage was omitted. But there are now guidelines of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) taken in the context of the fight against terrorist financing and money laundering as a starting point. But this version could not count on the support of the coalition party PS and the opposition parties MFK and MAN.

Last Saturday Cordoba used the meeting to reiterate to the government that the PS does not appreciate this approach. He pointed out that the faction has clearly stated to be against the law, but that the government has presented this bill again. Cordoba declared that it is incredible to think that the government has dared to try again to get the law through parliament. “And then I said, this was strike one and two, the third, you are out. I do not play games with anyone. You respect the ideology and philosophy of our leader (Helmin Wiels) or you're going to do something else.”

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