Referendum yes!

(from daily herald march 27)

After I listened to the Island Council meeting of Thursday, March 21, 2013, it took me a couple days to form an opinion on the matter of our constitutional status.

Although I did not agree with some of the statements made by the UPC faction, it dawned on me as to why a referendum will be the only way to go. What caught my attention is the fact that the UPC faction took the time to answer the question as to what will have to be done to make the current status work.

In answering that question they named the following: change the Kingdom Charter to make us equal citizens, amend the Dutch constitution to give us representation in both Houses, and a properly defined status that fits within the Dutch governmental structure.

The sitting coalition and their Executive Council are still of the opinion that Statia should sit and negotiate better conditions for our people, but what they failed to tell the people is what should be negotiated and what it will take to accomplished that. I believe that the public will surely welcome an overview of what this coalition saw as important points to be negotiated with Holland in an effort to make things better for the people of Statia.

Taking the arguments of the UPC in consideration, I am more than convinced that Holland will not do all of that just to please the 15,000 people living in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. They made it clear that they have no problem with a referendum as long as it is realistic and it is in line with the “flavours” that Holland can offer under these circumstances.

Listening to the arguments used by the coalition partners not to vote in favour of the motion, they all are in line with the position of the Executive Council and echoed by the Minister of Interior Affairs and Kingdom Relation. The evaluation of 2015 must be seen as the fine-tuning of the current status.

So, since Holland is dead set not to accommodate us in that regard, we will have to decide our own destiny by choosing a different status. Then make use of the international forum and treaties to force Holland to facilitate our freely chosen constitutional status.

Janella Windefelde

5 thoughts on “Referendum yes!

  1. now you’re talking. I may visit AFTER you are independant. And pass on my expertise. But not if my friends from Guyanna and Janaica stll need a visa just to visit.

  2. same friends previously on Sratia to shop, tho not sure about Saba. ELLIS DIVE BOAT COULD CARRY A FAIR NUMBER OF PASSENGERS AS fAR AS sABA AND DO KNOW SOME WILL NOT FLY IN TO LATTER. NOT THAT ALL THAT PERFECT ON skn. MINISTRY OF JUSTICE STILL NON EXISTANT.

  3. It is sad that the opinion of prof. van Rijn has not been published yet on StatiaNews. Not presenting himself as “bright”, he definitely is more bright than the initiators of “Brighter Path” who do nothing else than abusing feelings of discomfort or greed to promote themselves. Actually these people behind “Brighter Path” should be accused of and sued for damaging the image of Statia.

    1. Maybe you Mr RenĂ© Caderius van Veen should be the first to take the initiative to sue people you do not know, on an island where you do not live,talk about an image you know nothing about, and judge the intelligence of people as if you are God…my last words sums it up some people are born naturally assuming they are gods hence the situation on our islands!

  4. Hi Rene, thanks for reminding me. I will send the article via the mailinglist. I have posted it aswell.

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