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De Jongh-Elhage calls Schotte a liar

WILLEMSTAD--MFK leader and Curaçao Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte lied when he announced in Parliament that then-Prime Minister of the Netherlands Antilles Emily de Jongh-Elhage (PAR) had concluded an agreement with University of Texas without an authorisation decision.
De Jongh-Elhage stated this during a press conference of her party, in which she presented the authorisation document in question, signed by (then-Antillean) Governor Frits Goedgedrag and herself.
She lashed out at Schotte, who earlier this week in a public Parliament meeting had accused De Jongh-Elhage and her predecessor Etienne Ys (also PAR) of illegal actions and of having misinformed the Antillean legislature.
Just as Ys had done earlier, De Jongh-Elhage rejected all allegations and in turn accused Schotte of having brought the office of Prime Minister of Curaçao into discredit by launching false claims during a Parliament meeting.
De Jongh-Elhage emphasised once again that she had not signed any contract for oil drilling, nor had she acted without an authorisation decree. "The only existing contracts have been with Parliament for some time now. It regards the perusal of contracts for seismological data."
"When I was prime minister, I mentioned this several times in Parliament, and these contracts were given to the legislature as well. Never in my life have I withheld information from Parliament.
"Still the opposition at the time, which now supports the government, accused me of having signed contracts for oil drilling, but there are no contracts. This also became clear during the show by Prime Minister Schotte in Parliament."
According to the former prime minister, Schotte is lying when he says she signed without authorisation. She presented the authorisation decision of February 27, 2008, to the press and stated that Schotte was aware of this, but that he had chosen not to publish this information.
The document shows that the decision had been at Parliament since March 7. "Schotte has consciously misled the people and Parliament. It's a crime in every democratic system when a minister, and certainly a prime minister, tells a lie."
The PAR leader explained once again that no authorisation decisions had been drawn up for the contracts concluded with Repsol and Murphy's, because those regarded perusal of data well over 30 years old. These contracts could not bind the country to anything financially or legally.
The contract with University of Texas was a different matter, because it regarded research involving expenses. For this purpose, an authorisation decision was required and was signed too, according to De Jongh-Elhage.

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