Dutch and Caribbean MPs sort out row in Aruba

6th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

It is believed that the Caribbean ministers refused to deliver their speeches because of the presence of Dutch politician Hero Brinkman.

ARUBA – Talks in Aruba between members of parliament from the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba have proceeded after being delayed for several hours.

Aruba's Prime Minister Nelson Oduber and three ministers had refused to deliver their speeches initially. The row was only sorted out after Dr Oduber and Finance Minister Nilo Swaen agreed to address the conference.

It is thought one reason for their unwillingness to speak was the presence in the Dutch delegation of the MP, Hero Brinkman, from the right-wing Freedom Party. He has issued statements condemning Aruba's administration as being corrupt.

The Dutch MPs and their counterparts from the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba are discussing state reforms in the Caribbean islands.

Aruba and the Netherlands Antilles are separate autonomous regions within the kingdom of the Netherlands, enjoying different degrees of self-government.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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