Published On: Mon, Jan 14th, 2013

Ministers, Dutch MPs discuss several issues

PHILIPSBURG – A number of issues were discussed when the St. Maarten Council of Ministers met with the Dutch delegation of the First Chamber of Parliament on Friday, January 11.

Main points of discussion were the experiences of St. Maarten as a Country, and the relationship with Saba and St. Eustatius, which changed after the constitutional changes on 10/10/10.

In addition, several points of concerns that were raised during the "Meet and Greet" with residents and representatives of organizations in St. Maarten were brought forward. The Meet and Greet was held at Philipsburg Cultural and Community Centre on Thursday evening.

The challenges that St. Maarten faces as a young country in setting up the required democratic institutions, in establishing membership of various international organizations to strengthen national and international relationships as well as at the financial level were also topics of discussion. Both parties agreed that direct talks on a political level should continue.

Visiting MPs were Marijke Linthorst (Dutch Parliamentary leader) and members Peter van Dijk, Nanneke Quik-Schuijt, Thom de Graaf, Ben Swagerman, Sophie Bijsterveld and Ruard Ganzevoort.

The Dutch MPs were accompanied by staffers Fred Bergman and Floris Wolf.

Source: The Daily Herald

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