MPs seek debate on CIA prisons
7 September 2006, AMSTERDAM — Dutch MPs have called for a special debate with Foreign Minister Ben Bot following President George W. Bush's admission the CIA operates secret overseas jails.
7 September 2006
AMSTERDAM — Dutch MPs have called for a special debate with Foreign Minister Ben Bot following President George W. Bush's admission the CIA operates secret overseas jails.
Labour (PvdA), the Socialists, green-left GroenLinks and Democrat D66, all opposition parties, expressed disappointment at the "little political reaction" from Minister Bot.
He will face questions about the controversial issue during a debate in parliament on Tuesday.
In particular he will be asked whether the Netherlands will continue to allow American military planes, suspected of ferrying prisoners to these jails, to stop over at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.
Labour MP Bert Koenders said the revelation about the secret jails had caused a "confidence and information breakdown" between allies. He said it was incredible that it had taken the US authorities more than a year to acknowledge it was secretly detaining terror suspects.
There was also criticism from a government coalition party. MP Hans van Baalen of the Liberal Party (VVD) noted that events to date were not good for mutual confidence.
"The Americans have not played their cards openly. Bot must respond to this strongly. He must make his exasperation plain in a frank talk with his American counterpart," Van Baalen said.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news