Opinion: Fly on the wall

POSTED: 06/14/11 12:30 PM

Sometimes we would like to be a fly on the wall, for instance when Kingdom Relations Minister Piet Hein Donner opens a letter written to him by Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. In one such letter, Schotte told Donner that there is no need for an independent investigation by the Netherlands and Curacao into irregularities at the Central Bank.

Donner does not want to make the letter’s content public, we read in Amigoe, because this could damage the relationship between the Netherlands and Curacao.

Did Schotte use swearwords in his letter? Did he mock the minister (Piet Hein, Piet Hein. Piet Hein zijn naam was klein) – or use another ill-advised quip that, if made public, would cause a row? Was Donner’s answer less diplomatic than the way he phrased his reply to the Second Chamber last week?

Basically, the Minister told Schotte that the bank’s board of commissioners is free to conduct an investigation, but that the decision the Kingdom Council of Ministers took at Curacao’s request cannot replace investigations other competent authorities may order.

Reversely, an investigation by the bank’s board of commissioners cannot replace the investigation by a committee with members from Curacao and the Netherlands, Donner told the Dutch Parliament.

Schotte’s position is that the bank’s board is the only body competent to conduct the investigation.

Somehow we think that there is an element missing from this whole story. After all, we are talking here about the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten. If circumstances require an investigation, should not St. Maarten have a finger in the investigative pie as well?

So far, we haven’t heard anything about our government’s ambitions to be included, so maybe we’re simply off the mark here.

However, when a reputed institution like the Central Bank comes under fire, we’d think that all parties that have a stake in it would want to be close when an independent committee starts prying.

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