Minister Donner of the Interior and Kingdom Relations Wednesday, May 19 just knew not how he held a debate with the permanent parliamentary committee for Kingdom Relations. SP MP Ronald van Raak pulled hard leather against Deputy Prime Minister Theo Heyliger St. Maarten.The SP Heyliger called a ‘mafia boss’ and’ mister in percent “, referring to rumors about alleged corruption on the windward island.
The statements by Ronald van Raak were a response to earlier decisions of the Deputy Prime Minister of Sint Maarten. Heyliger called Dutch politicians slavers because St. Martin in his eyes was forced to many impossible conditions of the Financial Supervisory Board, CFT, to meet in order to achieve a balanced budget.
Minister Piet Hein Donner distanced himself vigorously from the judgments of the MP. “It makes no sense to speak in those terms the governments of other countries,” said the minister who was about to leave the room after the observations of Van Raak. “I do not think we can cooperate fruitfully in this way if we show opposite each strike,” continued the minister.
The reprimand of Minister Donner and also the request of his fellow MPs to take back his words made little impression on Ronald van Raak. “If from Sint Maarten big words than we need here in the Netherlands but to accept. So I changed my mind that I was on the same level analyzes also going to make. And then you see that the room is too small. Which leaves see that there is something wrong in the relationship. In St. Maarten, the drivers and everything we could, but we constantly have to bind the hands, “Van Raak.
Delegation of Saint Eustatius and Saba
“Down all levels”, as commented Mathias Voges, the Minister Plenipotentiary of Sint Maarten in The Hague on the statements of Van Raak. The debate with Minister Donner was also followed from the stands by Dennis Richardson, a member of the State Council for St. Maarten, and Wilbert Stolte, the new government commissioner for the BES. There was also a delegation of directors Sint Eustatius and Saba present. All she reacted in disbelief at the wording of the MP.
The statements of the MPs about the directors of Sint Maarten will certainly not lead to a riot between Sint Maarten and the Netherlands according to Minister Plenipotentiary Mathias Voges. “Minister Donner has responded adequately and thus for us the end of it,” said Voges.