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Senate wants expertise offered to St. Maarten

THE HAGUE--The First Chamber of the Dutch Parliament is calling on Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Ronald Plasterk to assist St. Maarten with expertise in the area of youth delinquency and detention.

The Senate's Permanent Committee for Kingdom Relations sent the Minister a letter earlier this week following a Committee meeting in which the latest progress reports of St. Maarten were discussed.

In the report, the Progress Committee, headed by former Mayor Ronald Bandell, indicated that St. Maarten's Justice Minister Dennis Richardson has been looking for possibilities to create temporary separate housing for youth delinquents at the Pointe Blanche prison.

"The Committee is of the opinion that the expertise in the Netherlands in the area of youth detention, re-socialisation and after-care for youth delinquents, for example at judicial youth institutions, offers good possibilities for cooperation," Committee Chairlady Marijke Linthorst stated in the letter.

According to the Committee, the minister should look at possibilities to establish twinning projects between judicial institutions from the Netherlands and St. Maarten. The minister was asked to get in touch with Justice Minister Richardson to check whether cooperation is possible, if there is a need and a wish for it.

Agreements as part of the constitutional changes and the attaining of Country status for St. Maarten prescribe that the Senate is regularly updated on the progress of the execution of the Plans of Approach that have been drafted to guarantee the national tasks of the new country.

Plans of Approach have been drafted for most organisations of St. Maarten's Justice sector.

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