THE HAGUE - The governments of Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten have no options to challenge a decision of the Kingdom government through the courts. This can be deduced from a letter that State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations Van Huffelen sent to the Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament today.
It remains to wait for a separate dispute settlement. That this should be done was laid down in the Charter in 2010, but the Netherlands subsequently did everything it could to postpone the consultations. In the end, the then minister Plasterk made a disputes law on his own initiative that deviated in the most important parts from what the parliaments of the four countries have agreed. Former State Secretary Knops withdrew the bill at the last minute.
Last year it was agreed at the Interparliamentary Kingdom Consultation that Curaçao, Aruba and Sint Maarten will come up with a new proposal for a dispute settlement.