The Prime Minister of Surinam, Mr. Henk Arron, arrived in The Hague recently with a?
The Prime Minister of Surinam, Mr. Henk Arron, arrived in The Hague recently with a delegation of Five ministers for talks with Dutch leaders on his country's independence.
The tiny territory, with a population of 380,000 is wedged between Guyana and French Guiana on South America's north-east coast. At present it is semi-autonomous with the Netherlands retaining responsibility for defence and foreign affairs, but will reach full independence in November this year.
Prime Minister Joop den Uyl is heading the Dutch side in the ten-day talks which started on Monday (17 March). An extremely tough round of bargaining is expected because of massive aid demands by Surinam.
Mr. Arron is pressing the Netherlands for between 1,300 to 1,600 million sterling (3,120 to 3,840 million U.s. dollars) in economic assistance for the decade after independence....a demand dismissed by Dutch officials as totally unrealistic.
Previous talks in Paramaribo, the Surinam capital, ended in near-deadlook in January, wen Dutch ministers refused to pledge financial aid in building up the territory's own army after independence.