In answer to a number of letters received by The State Secretary of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Knops, his answer last week proved he had the patience of a saint and the mildest disposition.
The letters came from Curacao. The winners of the recent Curacao elections wrote in an attempt to make good on their election promises to their people. They promised they will appeal or rewrite the agreement with the Dutch, and they set out to attempt it.
They told the secretary of state in letters on April 19th and 26th, as well as in a chat on April 30th, they were going to explore alternative avenues, seeking patronage and guidance in order to introduce “structural adjustments to achieve sustainable economic growth,” from the IMF.
They were asking the IMF, to draw up, guide and monitor their complete reform program.
Good-natured Knops and his partner Prime Minister Rutte, must have chuckled when they read this.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 190 countries, and most criticism directed against it and against the loans in makes to countries around the globe, focuses on the IMF’s failure to understand the dynamics of the countries they are dealing with, thus making it easier for corrupt politicians to remain corrupt politicians.
How would the faceless, nameless IMF render better service to Curacao, better than the familiar, culturally educated and savvy Dutch?
The IMF is definitely not a better alternative. Its efforts may result in more confusion and more costs, a climate favored and appreciated by certain Evil-Empire players.
And I have no idea who they are.
The Dutch answer was decisive.
Only we will discontinue aid immediately, and you have to pay us back ASAP, what you owe: “If this is the case and you do not participate in the discussions about the further COHO report, then, the support from the Netherlands to Curacao will expire. This means that the liquidity support will be discontinued, as will the investments in education, housing and the economy — € 29.5 million and € 20 million respectively. In addition, the liquidity loan from May 7th, 2021, of € 333.5 million, will have to be repaid starting April 2022, and the outstanding pre-COVID bullet loans will also have to be repaid at the end of the term.”
In other words, it will cost you.
The Curacao politicians-from-hell are not acting for the good of the country.
The Dutch agreement from October 2020 was a country2country agreement, not a politicalpatry2country agreement, and thus it is valid, no matter who’s in charge.
Curacao is required to state that what was agreed, will be followed up on, but “It goes without saying that it is up to Curaçao itself to make this choice.”