Editorial: What could have been and must be avoided

POSTED: 06/26/11 9:30 PM

Curacao and potentially St. Maarten are heading for the dark gray list on Human Trafficking in a key report that will be released by the United States Department of State on Monday. The reason the islands are heading there is that the new Criminal Code was not approved when it was in the hands of the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles. The two new countries must now bear the consequences of a political decision to forward the approval to the new countries because of quote, “the deep socio-economic consequences.”

This could have been avoided, for the simple reason that the new countries both had strong representation in the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles. Those MPs should have known well how to consult their insular governments and legislatures in order to get to a position on what had been proposed. Obviously they did not and now the chickens have come home to roost.

What must now be avoided is that the handling of the new Penal Code by St. Maarten’s Parliament is delayed much longer. Because while the Parliament of the Netherlands Antilles put the new country in a potentially bad position by not working literally to the last minute, the blame next year could be down to the Parliament of St. Maarten. The sun has just risen on country St. Maarten. Let us make hay while it shines.

 

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