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Netherlands Antilles

December 2005 | Risk Summary

The Dutch minister for domestic affairs and foreign relations, Alexander Pechtold, will take part in a week of crucial talks with representatives of each of the five islands and the central government of the Dutch Antilles. The talks deal with the future relations of the archipelago with the Dutch government. The islands are calling for new constitutional statuses without full independence but the Netherlands has said that it will only go along with this if other issues, such as socio-economic difficulties, public finances, debt, good governance and law enforcement are also addressed in the talks. However, internal relations minister Richard

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