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Knops maintains: human rights are St. Maarten’s responsibility

life sentences in jail

THE HAGUE – “It remains urgent that the detention situation in St. Maarten improves within the foreseeable future. The problem requires a decisive approach and the cabinet has offered assistance on several occasions,” State Secretary Knops writes in a letter to the Second Chamber about the execution of a motion tabled by CDA-MP Chris van Dam More...

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By The Publisher On Monday, September 14th, 2020
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Aruba’s decision to borrow locally is “the same as printing money”

PHILIPSBURG – Aruba has reportedly a deal with a consortium of local banks for a loan in an attempt to get away from the conditions the kingdom has attached to the provision of liquidity support. Prime Minister More...

By The Publisher On Friday, September 11th, 2020
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Third tranche of liquidity support remains elusive

THE HAGUE – The outcome of the Kingdom Council of Ministers meeting of Friday cannot come as a surprise to anyone. “As long as St. Maarten does not agree with the core of the package, a fruitful discussion More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
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SMMC rectifies Dutch media report

CAY HILL — St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has taken note of a media report from Omrop Fryslan that was published today in which a recently arrived rotational specialist has made statements which are not More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, August 13th, 2020
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Dutch intervention in Aruba with RST and National Detective Agency raises eyebrows

PHILIPSBURG – Alarm bells ought to go off in the Council of Ministers after learning of the Dutch demand that Aruba gives the RST (Detective Cooperation Team) and the National Detective Agency the authority to More...

By The Publisher On Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Knops: “We need to take measures to safeguard autonomy”

THE HAGUE -- The meeting of the Kingdom Council of Ministers did not result in any decisions about the establishment of the consensus Kingdom law Caribbean Reform Entity (CRE). State Secretary Knops made clear More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, July 5th, 2020
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Nice move

PHILIPSBURG/WILLEMSTAD -- Finally it has become clear what the Dutch State Secretary Knops means with his “lowering of 12.5 percent on the total package of labor conditions of all employees in the civil service More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, July 5th, 2020
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New conditions for liquidity support are still unclear

THE HAGUE – St. Maarten, Curacao and Aruba are quite prepared to implement reforms, but not as fast as the Dutch government demands, the NOS reports. The tempo the Netherlands demands in exchange for assistance More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020
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Concurrentie in aantocht voor KLM/Air France

PHILIPSBURG – Air Belgium wil in de loop van volgend jaar op de voormalige Nederlandse Antillen gaan vliegen. Dat heeft de Belgische luchtvaartmaatschappij gisteren bekendgemaakt tijdens een perspresentatie. More...

By The Publisher On Monday, June 22nd, 2020
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Knops advises against Van Dam’s prison motion

THE HAGUE –- State Secretary Raymond Knops (Kingdom Relations) advises against the motion tabled by CDA-MP Chris van Dam that asks the government to let the Kingdom Council of Ministers control the Pointe Blanche More...