ChristenUnie urges for coalition clarity

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13 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — The Christian Democrat CDA and Labour PvdA should make clear which third party they wish to form a coalition government with, ChristenUnie leader André Rouvoet said on Wednesday.

13 December 2006

AMSTERDAM — The Christian Democrat CDA and Labour PvdA should make clear which third party they wish to form a coalition government with, ChristenUnie leader André Rouvoet said on Wednesday.

Speaking after his meeting with informateur Rein Jan Hoekstra — who is facilitating coalition talks — Rouvoet said if the parties failed to do so, there would be no point in the ChristenUnie continuing with the formation talks.

The leader of the small Christian party said he was not prepared to wait around and said it was particularly noticeable that the CDA had not yet declared which third party it wanted to enter talks with.

Rouvoet also said the formation should not allowed to be stalemate, but instead become more dynamic, particularly due to the situation which arose in the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday.

He urged colleague political leaders to step around possible political sensitivities.

Democrat D66 leader Alexander Pechtold decided against meeting Hoekstra on Wednesday and instead informed him by letter that he was still in favour of his initial advice: namely a CDA, PvdA and Socialist SP coalition Cabinet.

Pechtold earlier said he could not give any other advice because he does not know why the talks between the three parties ran aground.

But a parliamentary majority rejected his request to conduct a debate about the matter.

The leader of the small Christian party SGP, Bas van der Vlies, said after his meeting with Hoekstra that he was calling for a CDA, PvdA and ChristenUnie coalition.

He said the Rouvoet's request for the CDA and PvdA to shed further light on the talks was "justified".

Green-left GroenLinks leader Femke Halsema was the last of the party leaders to meet with Hoekstra. She said prior to the start of her meeting that she would primarily ask for "clarification" about the formation thus far.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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