Schotte informs Donner of withdrawal from joint committee

POSTED: 06/10/11 2:03 PM

WILLEMSTAD – Curacao’s Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte has informed Dutch Minister of Kingdom Relations Piet Hein Donner that there is no longer a need for the setup of a joint committee to investigate the situation at the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten. The decision to create the committee with representatives from Curacao and the Netherlands was made at a June 1 meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers that Schotte attended.

In his letter to Donner Schotte states that his government will request the Supervisory Board of the Central Bank of Curacao and St. Maarten to conduct the investigation with assistance from the General Audit Chamber. This investigation will be separate from the investigation that the Public Prosecutor’s Office is conducting around the corruption allegations that have been made against Schotte and his government.

Schotte’s motivation for accepting the resolution his government took in his absence is that installing the independent committee would conflict with the legal procedure established for a government to intervene at the Central Bank. Those three instances are through the Supervisory Board, the General Audit Chamber and the Joint Court of Justice.

The Central Bank Supervisory Board will be handed the request on Friday at their first meeting following their swearing in before Governor Frits Goedgedrag. It has been left to the Supervisory Board to decide when the investigation will start.

Concern

The People’s National Party, which has one seat in Parliament and Pais, which has no representation in the legislature, also both issued statements Thursday expressing their concern about the situation at the Central Bank.

“Instead of explaining to the people what the government will do, time is made for more political attacks,” Pais leader Alex Rosaria said.

“The government’s actions are putting the island’s autonomy at stake, as a possible intervention in Curacao is now under discussion. Our island’s democracy is at stake,” PNP Chairman Gisette Seferina said.

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