Dutch Antilles politicians criticise Dutch PM

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Politicians from the Dutch Antilles have criticised Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

CURAÇAO - The Prime Minister is due to attend a Round Table Conference on Curaçao on Monday to discuss the new independent status of Curaçao and St Maarten.

Former Dutch Antilles prime minister Don Martina has accused Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of abusing his power. 

In an open letter published in the Antillean newspaper Amigoe, Mr Martina writes that the Netherlands is not concerned with the rights and interests of the people of Curaçao.

He also accuses the Netherlands of contravening administrative law by linking agreements to write off Curaçao's debts to better law enforcement on the island.

Opposition leader Jopi Abraham on Bonaire has also criticised Mr Balkenende for not inviting the opposition to the Round Table Conference. 

He says the Netherlands is another serious mistake in dealing with former colonies.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]  

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