Mediation team arrives in Statia | THE DAILY HERALD

From left: PLP Island Councilwoman Rechelline Leerdam, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles Suzie Romer, lawyer and former Ombudsman of Curaçao Alba Martijn, former Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles Maria Liberia-Peters and Government Commissioner Alida Francis.

ST. EUSTATIUS–A three-person mediation team arrived in St. Eustatius on Sunday evening to mediate between the Island Council and the Government Commissioners.

    The mediation process became necessary following an acrimonious meeting of the Island Council on December 23, 2021, which led members of the Island Council to table a motion calling for immediate mediation between parties.

  Both parties have agreed to not publicly communicate on the mediation process while it is ongoing.

  The mediators who arrived on the island are Maria Liberia-Peters and Suzie Romer, both former Prime Ministers of the former Netherlands Antilles, and lawyer and former Ombudsman of Curaçao Alba Martijn, who will provide administrative support throughout the mediation process.

  Government Commissioner Alida Francis and Progressive Labour Party (PLP) Island Councilmember Rechelline Leerdam were present to welcome the visiting delegation. 

Source: The Daily Herald


  1. Mediation? Wrong word! Let’s make the list:
    1. The commissioners are true colonial vazals and will do everything that is in the interest of the white Dutch government, foreign investors and those who pay enough bribes. They are part of a pernicious system. And they have always acted with hidden agenda’s. They can never be trusted!
    2. The so-called mediators are nowhere intermediate or independent from the Dutch colonial system. In fact they were former Prime Ministers of the Dutch Antilles, so the highest ranking house negros of the colonial system. Their interest is to keep all asleep and prevent any revolt. They were chosen because of their color of skin. They are not to be trusted!
    3. The politicians of the Island Council who asked for mediation, did this because they think they can get any power or privileges via the same colonial system. Well, then you are either stupid or have other goals. Personal goals. Anyone who collaborates with the colonial system can not be trusted!

    Is there anybody who can be trusted? Yes, of course, but those are not the people in any parliament or council. And neither people who want to gain a seat in any parliament. Trusting the colonial system always means betrayal of the own people.