Kingdom Council of Ministers moves forward with investigation

POSTED: 06/13/11 1:12 PM

THE HAGUE – Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner has informed the Second Chamber that an independent review of the integrity of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten and the Schotte-cabinet will proceed, even though Curacao has withdrawn from what was supposed to be a joint committee. Setting up the independent commission was a proposal from Schotte at a June 1 meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers where the controversy around the Central Bank was discussed.

Schotte withdrew from the committee stating the only way his government could investigate the Central Bank was through its Supervisory Board of Directors, the General Audit Chamber or the Joint Court of Justice. But Donner says Schotte’s action won’t stop the Kingdom Council of Ministers from moving forward.

Donner has refused to give MPs correspondence between him and Schotte because it might harm relations, but he did inform them of his general response. Donner says he’s informed that while the investigation by the committee as decided in the Kingdom Council of Ministers does not replace the role of the local institutions, he believes the committee’s report will give answers to questions around the entire situation and give recommendations on how to restore confidence.

Green Left MP Ineke van Gent is pleased Donner intends to move forward.

“It is right that the investigation by the Kingdom Council of Ministers continues. This independence is very important, otherwise doubts will remain. Donner has been very academic, but to me it is important to simply get to the bottom of it and that if improper things happened, to know how it also affects the people involved,” Van Gent said.


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