Dutch MP criticises "nonsense" response to Venezuela

15th July 2010, Comments 0 comments


Socialist Party MP Harry van Bommel has criticised the government for the use of the term "nonsense" in response to Venezuelan accusations that Dutch air force planes have illegally entered Venezuelan airspace.

Mr Van Bommel said the language used by the Defence Ministry is unhelpful in promoting the good relations the Dutch government claims it wants with Venezuela.

"A good talk about the situation in the region would have been more fitting" according to the socialist MP.

One of the reasons for the tensions with Venezuela is that the United States uses airbases on the Caribbean islands of Aruba and Curaçao, which are former Dutch colonies and not far from the Venezuelan coast.

The Dutch government cooperates closely with the United States in combating drug trafficking in the Caribbean region.  

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