Donner: Independent review also covers Curacao government

POSTED: 06/7/11 2:08 PM

THE HAGUE\WILLEMSTAD\GREAT BAY – Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner says the forthcoming independent investigation at the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten also covers the government of Curacao. Donner stated this in a letter he sent to Second Chamber after last week’s meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers.
“I have found that the situation in Curaçao became increasingly worrying over the past week, considering that the integrity and prestige of both the Government and the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten have fallen into disrepute in a public debate. I think, regardless of the underlying facts, that this is detrimental to the confidence in the administration and financial institutions,” Donner wrote in his letter.
He added, “The Kingdom Council of Ministers decided to establish an independent inquiry into the situation at Curaçao’s request in order to come with recommendations as soon as possible to recover the confidence in these institutions. In the light of the forthcoming study, I consider it inappropriate to proceed further on the facts as stated by the parties concerned.”
Donner has also informed the Second Chamber that he spoke with Curacao’s Governor Frits Goedgedrag and St. Maarten’s Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams.
Donner’s left is different in tone to statement Schotte issued after the meeting. That document does not state that the integrity of the government of Curacao is also part of the investigation.
In a very specific way Schotte said, “Confidence in the Central Bank as supervisor of our banking and insurance is affected and must be restored as quickly as possible.”
Asked specifically about the allegations made by the Central Bank Director Emsley Tromp Schotte had said at the time that the Public Prosecutor’s office was conducting an investigation.

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