Published On: Mon, Oct 21st, 2019

MP Wescot-Williams disappointed by last minute postponement of airport meeting

Member of Parliament Sarah A. Wescot WilliamsPHILIPSBURG — MP Sarah Wescot-Williams issued a press release stating that she is “utterly disappointed by the last minute postponement of the airport meeting.”

The meeting in question regarded the continuation of an urgent plenary public meeting of Parliament that was to be held Monday, October 21, 2019, at 2pm with agenda point: State of affairs at the Princess Juliana International Airport. This meeting was originally requested by MP R. Brison, MP E.J. Doran, MP C.T. Emmanuel, MP W.V. Marlin and MP F.G. Richardson. This meeting has been postponed until further notice.

“I was so looking forward to the parliament meeting on Monday afternoon on the status of the airport.” MP Wescot-Williams wrote in her press statement. “The ministers were due back in parliament to answer questions posed by members, especially those who now make up the new majority in parliament.”

Wescot-Williams explained that “this week is a so-called meeting week of parliament. Already the 2 meetings scheduled for Monday, October 21st, have been postponed/canceled, without the slightest explanation. In the case of the meeting on the airport, this is particularly annoying, given that the ministers could have brought parliament and the people of St. Maarten up to speed on the current status of the airport reconstruction and financing.”

“For the members of parliament, who have been very critical of the Dutch/European financing for the airport, this would have been the opportune moment to either accept or reject this financing. But more important than that is the question, when will this agreement be irrevocably sealed and the reconstruction of the airport begin in earnest. This is one of the agreements, that the coalition of 9 has no choice, but to honor and execute, based on the mandate to the formateur of the interim government.”

“Or does this coalition want to take the credit for this project’s finalization?” Wescot-Williams wondered. Wescot-Williams ended her press release by stating “Whatever the reason, just get it done, please.”