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Wednesday, 11 December 2013 00:00

Commonwealth status for St. Maarten?

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The word “commonwealth” is again been thrown around as an alternative to the current constitutional set up of the Dutch Kingdom, which comprises the Netherlands and the Caribbean parts: St. Maarten, Curaçao, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba.
 
Let us pause and examine the meaning of “commonwealth.” According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a “Body politic founded on law for the common weal or good. The term was often used by 17th century writers to signify an organized political community, its meaning thus being similar to the modern meaning of state or nation.”
 
Puerto Rico has been a commonwealth, rather than a state of the United States of America since 1952. Its residents, though U.S. citizens, have only a nonvoting representative in Congress and pay no federal taxes.
 
To break it down in further, it means a political community founded for the common good of all involved.
 
When St. Maarten Justice Minister Dennis Richardson stood up at a debate in the Netherlands with Dutch Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk and Caribbean History Professor Gert Oostindie and said a commonwealth construction is not “a strange thought” he was obviously using his strong command of English to say that in any partnership there needs to be room to evolve.
 
Minister Plasterk was apparently quick to warn that the commonwealth process was not without risks as the Netherlands could, at some point in the future, say that it would let go of St. Maarten. That meaning the Netherlands sees an independent St. Maarten down the road.
 
The “them and us” sensitivities that have developed in the Dutch Kingdom through the radicalization of some of the political players, especially the European part of the kingdom with what seems to be xenophobic ideological, do not bode well for any sort of commonwealth or common goal for bettering the Dutch Kingdom.
 
A level headed response came from Prof. Oostindie. He said the entire issue of independence or commonwealth status is not reflective of what the people on the islands of the former Netherlands Antilles demanded via two referenda.
 
What is clear in both Dutch and English is that change has to come in the way partners in the kingdom treat each other and the tenet of true equality of all seven kingdom partners must shine through.
In spite of St. Maarten Justice Minister’s comments about the commonwealth, the country’s Prime Minister, Sarah Wescot-Williams, has stated that her government still has not yet discussed this particular approach. Her sights are set on the upcoming evaluation of the current constitutional set up of the Dutch Kingdom.
 
This newest kingdom set up, established on October 20, 2010 (10-10-10), took decades to become a reality. An evaluation of its workings is set for 2015. With that time coming closer, the time is now for political leaders throughout the kingdom to start thinking of better ways to make the Dutch Kingdom work for the “common good” and “common wealth (read prosperity)” of all residents of the Dutch Kingdom.


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