Pledge for CDA, PvdA, SP Cabinet
8 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos has said he is "determined" to clinch a coalition Cabinet involving the Christian Democrat CDA, PvdA and Socialist SP and will do everything possible to achieve that.
8 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos has said he is "determined" to clinch a coalition Cabinet involving the Christian Democrat CDA, PvdA and Socialist SP and will do everything possible to achieve that.
He said such a coalition would involve the Netherlands' biggest party, the biggest winner from the November elections and the nation's largest progressive party. He is refusing to discuss other coalitions.
Bos was also critical of the talks between the CDA and SP, claiming the two parties have been focusing on what divides them rather than paying attention to what they have in common.
The PvdA leader met with CDA leader Jan Peter Balkenende on Thursday night in talks facilitated by Rein Jan Hoekstra who is chairing the coalition talks.
After the meeting, Bos said he wants to quickly meet again with Balkenende and SP leader Jan Marijnissen, stressing that he is not planning to "let them go".
For his part, Balkenende said he had "a very good conversation" with Bos and that there was sufficient trust for discussions to continue.
But the prime minister refused to indicate whether the SP would also be involved in further talks. Balkenende said informateur Hoekstra should make that decision.
However, Balkenende stressed that his talk with Bos was much easier than his meeting with Marijnissen on Wednesday night, when large underlying were identified.
Sources have indicated the CDA would much prefer to see the ChristenUnie become the third partner in coalition talks rather than the SP.
SP leader Marijnissen said the CDA was having trouble accepting the election results and that the most logical coalition would include the CDA, PvdA and SP, which together have 99 of the 150 seats in Parliament.
He also said it was easier to deal with the PvdA than with the CDA, which is finding it difficult to make concessions.
Informateur Hoekstra will now assess the talks held with the party leaders on Wednesday and Thursday and it is unclear when the coalition discussions will continue.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news