Van Putten wants Dutch out of UN Security Council

ST. EUSTATIUS–St. Eustatius Island Councilman Clyde van Putten is lobbying the Permanent Conference of Political Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean COPPPAL to call for the Netherlands to be suspended from taking up its seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Van Putten’s call comes after the Dutch Government took over the island, using as reason the local politicians’ inability to properly guide the administration and finances. The takeover is coupled with the suspension of elections for the foreseeable future.

The island councilman said he had reached out to COPPPAL President Manolo Pichardo again on the topic of assistance to battle the Dutch.

“The government of the Netherlands has mounted what amounts to an armed coup d’état against the democratically elected government of St. Eustatius and installed a puppet regime,” said Van Putten.

The takeover, in Van Putten estimation, clearly triggers the application of Article VI of the UN Charter which states that a member that has persistently violated the principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.

He has urged Pichardo to use his office to have the UN General Assembly urgently address the request

“I again appeal to the members of COPPPAL to co-sponsor this agenda point with St. Eustatius,” he said. This is also based on the Uruguay amendment which he referenced in his earlier correspondence with Pichardo.

The Netherlands is to take up its seat on the Security Council soon. Van Putten said while the request to expel the Dutch is pending, their admittance to the Security Council should be also suspended until the expulsion matter is voted on by the General Assembly.

Source: The Daily Herald