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Monday, 25 March 2013 10:22


THE HAGUE — Also people in the Netherlands regret the passing away of former premier Miguel Pourier, and most of the media there report on this. “With deep regret we learned of the passing away of former minister president Pourier of the Netherlands Antilles. He was a man of substantial consequence for his country in a period that was difficult for the Netherlands Antilles”, said Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk. “An honest and courageous man whom I will remember with respect”, said former minister of Administrative Renewal, Thom de Graaf.As vice-chairman of the Council of State from 1997 to 2012, Herman Tjeenk Willink had contact with Pourier on a regular basis. “I’ve always had an excellent contact with Pourier. Although it was a long time ago that he was the minister-president, I spoke with him in 2011, the last time I visited Curaçao, during a meeting of all former premiers for a retrospective. Also then I noticed how wisely and honestly he viewed the situation, considering all pros and cons”, said Tjeenk Willink. “To be very honest, I’ve always felt uncomfortable that the Netherlands hadn’t supported him enough when things got tough at the time. I personally think he really deserved better. That conviction has only increased.”


Also Marijke Linthorst, Upper Chamber member for the PvdA, has that opinion on the period 1995-1999 and from 2003 to-date. “I didn’t know him personally but am informed of his history. The fact that the Netherlands hadn’t supported him is a scratch on the Dutch policy. At the time the Netherlands should have backed the premier, who had implemented drastic retrenchments. We are inclined to fail people who’ve risked their neck for the Kingdom.”

Also the Dutch media spoke highly of Pourier. NRC Handelsblad describes him as a ‘dike watch’, a phrase the former premier had often used. Other media such as De Telegraaf, nu.nl and RTL, placed an article from the ANP, which also quotes the minister plenipotentiary of Curaçao, Roy Pieters. “We’ve lost one of our finest leaders. He was an exceptional man who dared to lead the government in extremely difficult times. He advocated integrity and honesty.”