Oranjestad- The Government of Sint Eustatius says it has run out of patience with what it calls the “recalcitrant, unlawful and neo-colonial attitude” of the Dutch Government. This is stated in a press release from PLP-leader Clyde van Putten.
Van Putten states in his release that all attempts to have a transparent dialogue with the Hague, based on equality and mutual respect, have been ignored by Minister Plasterk. Sint Eustatius therefore intends to seek the expulsion of The Netherlands from the United Nations and the UN Security Council.
The attitude displayed by The Hague, according to Van Putten, is a violation of the principles of the present UN Charter. According to the PLP-leader, the coalition wants to approach the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on the United Nations to recruit a top tier law firm specializing in the law of the United Nations to advise them on this issue.
“The government of Sint Eustatius is of the opinion that the government of the Netherlands is in violation of the principle laid down in Article 73 of the Charter that the interests of the inhabitants are paramount (allesoverheersend)”, writes Van Putten.
“Instead of doing its research and confirming that the position of Sint Eustatius is fully in accordance with UN Law, which supersedes het “Statuut”, the WolBEs, and FinBES, the government of the Netherlands continues to ignore this matter and issue empty threats”, according to Van Putten in his press release. The PLP-leader says he finds the Dutch attitude unbecoming of a government that represents the entire Kingdom of the Netherlands internationally.