Politico.eu: Suriname: Dutch minister’s ‘failed state’ slur an attempt at recolonization20 July 2018 | 14:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Blok questioned the rule of law and democracy in Suriname, which he labeled a “failed state” as a result of “ethnic divisions,” at a closed-door talk in The Hague on July 10. Asked to explain himself by Dutch TV program Zembla, which obtained footage of his comments, Blok said they were “aimed in part at sparking a reaction from the audience.”
In a statement delivered to the Dutch envoy in Suriname, Jaap Frederiks, the country’s foreign ministry said: “This coarse accusation against peace and stability in the Republic of Suriname can only be intended to portray Suriname and its population negatively.”
It added that Blok’s comments were “seeking to isolate the Surinamese nation, with the possible agenda being the realization of a recolonization.”
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