Arrindell stresses fraternity at Aruba Day celebration

POSTED: 03/19/11 8:32 PM

Aruba/St. Maarten – President of St. Maarten Parliament drs Gracita Arrindell has congratulated the government and people of Aruba on achieving the “Aruban miracle” and called for a “rekindling of the friendship” between Aruba and St. Maarten. Arrindell’s congratulations and call were delivered Thursday evening in a message of congratulations for the country’s 25th Anniversary as a country within the Dutch Kingdom.

“We the people of St. Maarten are happy for you. We rejoice and we celebrate with you.

My friends, your status aparte was not a gift. It was a great achievement and the product of the expression of your inalienable rights,” the President of Parliament said.

Arrindell’s message stressed the fraternity and need for each other that St. Maarten and Aruba have. She’s lived that fraternity, having studied at the Commandeur Pieter Boer School as a girl. In her time there and afterwards she watched as “the people of Aruba have been working diligently to make your dream come true and to make this your beautiful island an even better gem in the Caribbean.”

“After 25 years of status aparte, you have made great strides as a people and today, Aruba is a pacesetter and a very resilient country within the Kingdom. It is blessed with a people who are as passionate as they are resilient, dedicated, hard-working, reliable and creative. To your credit, Aruba has been, and continues to be served by patriots who are true ambassadors of your common cause,” Arrindell said.

        She added, “Dear friends, when many people thought you were down. When many people believed that you were down and under – and even out – you did not waver. You believed in yourselves and you believed in your cause. Recognition and congratulations go out to all your leaders – past and present, well-known and lesser known – who have contributed in one way or another in bringing you to this historic milestone. You, the people of Aruba, who more than 25 years ago took the difficult, but correct and necessary decision to fashion your own destiny, have been able to turn hardship into hope. With vigour, you have transformed adversity into success. You have rolled up your sleeves, dusted off yourselves, and you have kept moving forward. Failure was simply not an option.”

Arrindell described the 25 years of separate status as just a “brief moment” and urged Arubans to realise their nation is still “a great work in progress.”

“As we in St. Maarten embark on our own journey, we hope to make full use of your archives and of your experience. For there is much we can learn from each other. There is much that we can, and must do together. We need to rekindle our friendship. We must strengthen our deeply rooted family and other ties. And, in partnership, we must explore and exploit to the fullest all possible areas of functional cooperation to the mutual benefit of our people,” the president of parliament said.

She concluded, “I am reminded of your son of the soil – the illustrious Joss Broke who, in his infinite wisdom professing his love and respect for his island and its people, captured the essence of your struggles and aspirations brilliantly with these simple words in his song…Si mi tin ku reincarna (If I have to be born again).”

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