Curacao Government Wants More Than ‘Crumbs’ From Holland

WILLEMSTAD – The government of MFK and PNP, which is still “under construction”, has already issued its business card in The Hague. The second man of the MFK and candidate minister Charles Cooper warns that it takes more than “crumbs” to help Curaçao through the corona crisis.

To date, the Netherlands has provided more than a billion euros in corona support to Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten, divided into interest-free loans, donations in kind (such as medical equipment and personnel, and donations for humanitarian aid, including food packages).

After a second telephone consultation that took place this week with Undersecretary Raymond Knops of Kingdom Relations, Cooper said that not millions, but billions are needed. “Crumbs will not get us out of this economic malaise.”

The MFK has already made it clear before the elections that it wishes to break open the agreement on the Caribbean Body for Reform and Development, the so-called COHO. The party that ruled before – from 2010 to 2012 under Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte – opposes the conditions that the Netherlands attaches to the aid to be provided.

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