POLICY: "Relations between Saint Martin and St Maarten have changed" assures the Prime Minister of the Netherlands

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It is aboard a classic boat that Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands, accompanied in particular by the Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, the president of the Collectivity and the prefect of Saint Martin, arrived on Monday after- noon at the Fort Louis marina where a press point was organized with the media of the French side.

The Prime Minister traveling to the Caribbean made no announcement, saying that he was there to observe, to see how it was possible to improve things, to see how we could better rebuild the island. Asked about issues like the Philispburg or airport landfill, he said he was aware of the problems and said he wanted to find solutions quickly.

Nevertheless, it is appropriate to see in this coming a rather strong symbolism: the will of the Netherlands to participate in the reconstruction of the island and to cooperate with France. If until then Saint-Martin had never hidden its desire to move hand in hand with Sint Maarten in specific areas, Sint Maarten had however always been more shy. Since Irma, "relationships have changed," said Mark Rutte.

Daniel Gibbs said they would "finalize discussions next week" about the projects identified in the so-called cross-border cooperation operational program in 2014. (More details on www.soualigapost.com)

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