Council of State “intensely busy” with guarantee function advice

POSTED: 07/25/11 11:46 AM

St. Maarten –The member of the Council of State from St. Maarten Dennis Richardson has been talking about the guarantee function that the Kingdom government has ahead of the body issuing an advice to the Second Chamber on the central question of how and when it can be applied. The guarantee function forms part of the Kingdom Charter, which governs the relationship between the Netherlands and its territories in the Caribbean.
The Second Chamber requested the advice because they do not believe current rules, as explained by Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner, are strong enough and so they’ve requested the Council of State to provide an advice. They are now “intensely busy” drafting the advice but Richardson has spoken of the function in broad terms.
Speaking on For the Record on Radio Soualiga 99.9 Choice F.M. Richardson said, “The guarantee function kicks in when the country does not carry out the laws in the proper function. It has to be a systematic process that indicates something is wrong. Those things have to be played out first including through the courts before the guarantee function can kick in and higher supervision kicks in. Also the measure of higher supervision must be temporary and geared towards improving the country.”

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