Mike Eman cries at press conference: Solution nearby for conflict in Aruba

POSTED: 07/15/14 2:53 PM

ORANJESTAD – The governments of Aruba, the Netherlands and governor Fredis Refunjol are negotiating a joint document that will contain new agreements about the Aruban budget, Ariën Rasmijn reports on Caribisch Netwerk.

Nicole Hoevertz, the secretary of the Aruban Council of Ministers announced this yesterday after hours of meetings at the governor’s cabinet. Prime Minister Mike Eman says that he sees a perspective for a good ending. “But we are not there yet.” In case the new accord becomes a reality, there is no winner, Eman said. “If there is a winner at all, it will be the Kingdom.”

Hoevertz said that the negotiations began on Sunday at the level of civil servants after Eman went on hunger strike on Friday. Eman still camps out opposite the governor’s cabinet surrounded by supporters. Yesterday he received the first draft of the document for approval. Afterwards Hoevertz and government advisor Richard Arends returned to the governor’s cabinet to handle some details. According to Hoevertz there is now an agreement that is palatable to both countries. When the accord becomes final, Eman will end his hunger strike.

One of the participants in the hunger strike has been taken with a spastic bowel to the hospital. Eman is still reasonably stable according to Public Health Minister Alex Schwengle. “He drinks water with vitamins and salt. That is of course not enough, so he is weakening,” Schwengly – a lung specialist – said.

Earlier in the day, the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles, Emily de Jongh-Elhage, stopped by to show her support for Eman. In the morning Eman held a press conference via Skype with journalists in the Netherlands. When a journalist asked about his health, Eman could not control his tears and abruptly ended the press conference.

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