Roy Marlin: Greater respect for third parties needed

POSTED: 05/18/11 12:12 PM

St. Maarten – Democratic Party faction leader Roy Marlin has called for greater respect for third parties in terms of their meetings with the Parliament. He said this to journalists Tuesday, when it became apparent the Board of Financial Supervision (Cft) wanted to have a closed session with Members of Parliament (MPs).
“I believe we should respect the wishes of third parties when they request certain things and we must understand that there may be things that parties wish to say, that they cannot say in a public session,” Marlin said.
“While I believe all meetings and the information that comes out of them is crucial, we should weigh the requests that are made for closed door sessions carefully. The Cft has also indicated that they will be giving a press conference, so it is my belief that we should have been able to suffice with a closed door session,” the MP added.
Tuesday’s meeting between MPs and the Cft was to talk about the budget for 2010, 2011 and 2012, the financial management system and the Corporate Governance Council (CGC). The budget Parliament approved on December 23 received a negative advice from the advisory body. That led to negotiations on an amended budget, which is now with the Council of Advice, and will be sent to parliament after an advice is rendered.

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