Published On: Thu, Apr 23rd, 2015

Plasterk worried about security situation in Venezuela

PlasterkTHE HAGUE, WILLEMSTAD – The Dutch Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, expressed his concern about the economic situation in Venezuela and the impact this has on the region, especially in the three Dutch islands, Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao. Plasterk indicated this in the annual report of the Dutch Intelligence and Security Agency, or the AIVD.

The Dutch Minister fears that the rising tensions in the country, by the decreasing stability, will have a negative impact in the region and therefore also on the Dutch polity.

Earlier, the Dutch Ministers Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of Defense and Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs indicated to the House that they are not too worried about the situation in Venezuela, but that they are keeping a close eye on the South American country.

Venezuela is the Kingdom’s largest neighbor and is extremely important for the ABC islands.

On May 21, the Lower House in the Dutch Parliament will debate on the situation in Venezuela and the impact and danger to the Dutch Kingdom.

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