PHILIPSBURG, St Maarten -- A tripartite meeting of the parliaments of Aruba, Curacao and St Maarten was due to start on Monday in St Maarten but was not likely to count on the participation of the Aruban opposition party MEP. Leader of the party, Evelyn Wever-Croes, indicated that her party cannot endorse the intent of the consultation between the Dutch Caribbean islands.
The party stated its concern in a letter to the Parliaments of Curacaos and St Maarten.
According to Wever-Croes, the leader of the Aruban government party AVP, Rene Herdé, has persuaded the other parliaments to rush this dialogue. The aim, according to Wever-Croes, is to seek support from the other parliaments for the Aruban government in its purported fight to maintain its autonomy and against the interference of the Netherlands in public finances.
According to MEP, AVP politicians are ignoring the financial crisis in Aruba and pretend that there is a dispute about the autonomy instead.
“They try to convince you that the problem is caused by the Dutch government. No expense is spared in this act,” Wever-Croes said. “The insistence of the AVP-party on the autonomy is just a diversion, to come out under the investigation by the Commission for Financial Supervision (CFT).”
Meanwhile, the AVP government, according to the MEP, has surrendered an important part of the autonomy of the island by agreeing to the terms imposed by the Dutch minister of the interior and kingdom relations Ronald Plasterk.
AVP called for the establishment of a constitutional court, an independent constitutional entity to settle disputes between the countries within the Kingdom. According to Wever-Croes, AVP will be represented by no less than six party members and the State Council candidate, Mito Croes.
Republished with permission of the Curacao Chronicle