St Maarten and Curacao get police forces
New agreement on security and finance issues paves the way for reform process on 15 December.27 November 2008
THE NETHERLANDS – Curacao and St Maarten will have its own police force when the two islands gain autonomous status in 2010, says Deputy Interior Minister Ank Bijleveld.
In a meeting with government officials from the Netherlands Antilles, the authorities have also decided on establishing a central bank for Curacao and St Maarten. The islands will have their own currency. The name of the currency has not been decided.
The new agreement on police and finance means that the reform process - the Round Table Conference - can go ahead as planned on 15 December.
Like Aruba, the islands of Curacao and St Maarten will have autonomous status. The other three islands, Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba, will become special municipalities of the Netherlands.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]