The Netherlands Antilles used to consist of six islands. Aruba went its separate way to have direct ties with Holland quite a while ago. Now the rest of the Netherlands Antilles is dividing up as well. This Friday is Antilles Day, a holiday here. It might be our last one.
Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba will be directly tied to Holland as a group. The main points of this new realationship were worked out a week or so ago, and the Bonaire government just approved it yesterday.
Here is a link to an overview from the Bonaire Insider web site. Once you are on that site, there is also a link to the original Papiamentu language press release, if you would like to practice your Papiamentu skills. We received a faxed copy of the press release here at the station, but I must confess I haven't read it yet.
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