St. Maarten prime minister and Dutch parliamentarians broached several issues in meeting


PHILIPSBURG--Several issues were discussed when Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams met with the eight-member delegation from the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament at her Cabinet on Friday.

The delegation was in the Dutch Caribbean for the Inter-Parliamentary Consultation of the Kingdom, or the IPKO as it is also called, which will be held in Curaçao from January 7 to 10.

The delegation "discussed various items with the Prime Minister," a press release issued by the Prime Minister's cabinet on Sunday stated. Parties particularly followed up on items discussed with Wescot-Williams during her visit to the Netherlands in November, 2013.

The Dutch delegation included Committee Chairman Jeroen Recourt, Committee Registrar Tim de Lange, Wassila Hachchi (D66), André Bosman of the liberal democratic VVD party, Gert-Jan Segers of the ChristianUnion (CU), Roelof van Laar of the Labour Party PvdA and Ronald van Raak of the Socialist Party (SP).

Prior to the meeting Wescot-Williams had said during her recent visit to the Netherlands she made it a point to request a meeting with the Members of Parliament (MPs) to discuss various issues. "I have put forward facts about St. Maarten during these meetings, but I am still amazed that members would take information from disputed sources that misrepresent our country. We have our challenges, but it is unfortunate to hear how St. Maarten has been represented," she was quoted as saying in the press release. "It is my task and my job to ensure that the position of St. Maarten is very well represented and that all misrepresentations are disputed."

The Committee travelled to St. Eustatius on Friday, for a few hours to meet with government officials and members of the community. They returned to St. Maarten the same day and met with Governor Eugene Holiday and Wescot-Williams.

On January 4, the delegation was in Saba where they met with government officials as well as members of the community before continuing their journey to Curaçao.

Today, January 6, the delegation will visit Bonaire; on January 11, after the IPKO has finished, the delegation will go to Aruba for one day from where they will return to the Netherlands.

Source: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten