Duncan introduces joint control treaty (St. Maarten/St. Martin)

POSTED: 02/25/13 12:11 PM

St. Maarten – “This is an historical moment,” Justice Minister Roland Duncan said yesterday at a press conference when he announced the cooperation for joint controls between the two airports on the island.

“The Franco Dutch treaty on joint controls at the airports has been here for 17 years and is finally enforced. This marks the first meeting between representatives of the immigration and police department of the Dutch and French side,” the minister said.

The intention of this treaty will be the joint control on risk flights. Which flights that will be still need to discuss by the committee. The idea for the treaty is that members of the Police Aux Frontieres (French border police) together with the police at Princess Juliana International Airport will work together on both the airports, where the immigrants coming into St. Maarten will be checked by the rules of the treaty.

According to Solicitor General Taco Stein, the treaty will be operated as soon as possible. “For now the committee needs to discuss the important matters of this treaty in order for it to work. This will be our first meeting so unfortunately little is there to tell about,” Stein said.

With this treaty, the minister hopes to decrease illegal entrance on both sides where the rules will be the same in order to discover legal or false documents.


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