Dutch politicians meet with Governor and Prime Minister

POSTED: 01/2/14 12:37 AM

Ahead of Ipko-meeting in Curacao

St. Maarten – A delegation of twelve Dutch parliamentarians is visiting St. Maarten today, ahead of the inter-parliamentary Kingdom Consultation (Ipko) that takes place from Tuesday January 7 until January 10 in Curacao. The delegation will meet with Governor Drs. Eugène Holiday and with Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, but there is no meeting with the parliament on the agenda.

The delegation consists of members of the First and the Second Chamber. Parliamentarian Jeroen Recourt (PvdA) is the delegation leader, Senator Marijke Linthorst (PvdA) is the vice-delegation leader.

The other visiting senators are Frank van Kappen (VVD), Sophie van Bijsterveld (CDA), Nanneke Quik-Schuijt (Socialist Party) and Thom de Graaf (D66). The members of the Second chamber in the delegation are André Bosman (VVD), Roelof van Laar (PvdA), Peter Oskam (CDA), Ronald van Raak (Socialist Party), Wassila Hachchi (D66) and Gert-Jan Segers (Christian Union).

Geert Wilders Freedom Party (PVV) does not take part in the Ipko-meetings in Curacao. Last year PVV-parliamentarian Sietse Fritsma said that he did not want to sit in a meeting with the (now late) Pueblo Soberano leader Helmin Wiels because Wiels had made a remark about bodybags for makambas. Senator Pieter van Dijk stayed away from last year’s Ipko as well for this reason.

Fritsma said last year on the PVV website that Wiels “is apparently somebody who wants to see Dutch citizens dead. He seriously threatened the Dutch people with his racist and gruesome call to violence.”

Wiels was assassinated on May 5 of last year. The PVV has not given a reason for abstaining from the trip to Curacao.

The delegation will visit Statia on Friday, Saba on Saturday, Bonaire on Monday January 6 and Aruba after the Ipko-meetings on Saturday January 11.

During the Ipko delegations of the parliaments of the Netherlands, Aruba, curacao and St. Maarten discuss amongst other integrity in the public administration, the report about the Netherlands from the European commission against Racism and Intolerance, about economic opportunities for the kingdom and about the Unicef report Kingdom children – The rights of Children in the Dutch Caribbean.

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