Marlin, Plasterk to meet this Tuesday

THE HAGUE–The meeting between St. Maarten Prime Minister William Marlin and Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk will take place in Aruba coming Tuesday.

The three-day working visit of Minister Plasterk was officially announced on Friday. The establishing of the Integrity Chamber for St. Maarten is one of the main issues that will be discussed in the meeting with Marlin.

Plasterk has already said that he will be left no choice than to propose to the Kingdom Council of Ministers to issue an instruction if St. Maarten refuses to cooperate to establish the Integrity Chamber. The talks between Plasterk and Marlin seem to be the last resort to work out things based on a mutual understanding.

Plasterk will also meet with the Prime Ministers of the two other Dutch Caribbean countries: Hensley Koeiman of Curaçao, whose cabinet currently has a lame duck status and Mike Eman of Aruba. Plasterk will meet with Koeiman on Tuesday and with Eman on Wednesday.

A meeting with the Aruba Minister of Finance Angel Bermudez to discuss Aruba’s financial management and the financial supervision that has been imposed on the country is on the agenda for Tuesday. The same evening Plasterk will attend the reception of the Overseas Countries and Territories Association (OCTA). Aruba is hosting an important OCTA meeting next week.

Before returning to the Netherlands on Wednesday, Plasterk will meet with Aruba Governor Alfonso Boekhoudt and with Eman. This might very well be one of Plasterk’s last visits to the Dutch Caribbean since he has already announced that he will get out of active politics after a new Dutch Government has taken over following the March 15 elections.

Source: The Daily Herald