SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - The Government of Sint Maarten has taken note of the recent unfortunate statements made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Stef Blok regarding multicultural societies.
By no means are these statements a reflection of Sint Maarten’s position as a Country with in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Historically, Sint Maarten, with its 125 registered nationalities, has always made a point of embracing this diversity. As a result, Sint Maarten has managed to maintain its unique position within the region; “One Island, One people, One Destiny”.
If Sint Maarten had ignored the positive consequences of this diversity, the country would never have managed to maintain itself within the ever-changing social and economic realities of the world. Particularly in the field of culture and all the richness resulting from it, the country would have long ago lost its unique character.
Sint Maarten is of the opinion that Ministers, representing the Kingdom, should pay more attention to their statements, as they speak on behalf of the Kingdom. Sint Maarten sincerely hopes that the unrest that has been caused will be resolved in a diplomatic and ethical manner.
Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin considers dialogue and further explanation important and will enter into dialogue with the Representation of the Netherlands on Sint Maarten in relation to this subject. Sint Maarten also agrees with the formal position of Aruba & Curacao.
Sint Maarten, seen worldwide as the "Friendly Island", also wishes to keep it that way and not be a reflection of the sentiments expressed by Dutch Minister Stef Blok.