The maritime border between St. Maarten and Saba will be defined more precisely with an amendment to the 2010 Kingdom Law, giving content to the treaty that was signed between the Dutch Kingdom and the French Republic in Philipsburg on April 6, 2016.
The Second Chamber of the Dutch Parliament is slated to approve the amendment to the Kingdom Law as a formality this Thursday. At the time of the approval of the Kingdom Law in 2010 to mark the maritime borders between Curacao and Bonaire and between St. Maarten and Saba, the negotiations between France and the Kingdom to delineate the maritime borders between St. Maarten and Saba were still ongoing.
The treaty that was signed in Philipsburg in April 2016, which was ratified by Kingdom Law on December 14, 2016, included an adaptation of the maritime border between St. Maarten and Saba. The amended 2010 Kingdom Law will now include the exact delineation of the maritime border between St. Maarten and Saba indicated by specific degrees.
The proposal to amend the 2010 Kingdom Law was sent to St. Maarten and Saba for comment. No reaction was received from the St. Maarten Government. Saba’s Executive Council responded by letter in October 2017.
The Saba Government stated that it was happy to learn that the negotiations had resulted in a treaty between France and the Kingdom. Because the treaty and the amended Kingdom Law will have an influence on the waters surrounding Saba, the Government did ask about the enforcement and supervision by the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. According to Saba, this matter was currently not regulated sufficiently, which has an effect on security.
The Daily Herald.