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by Zeljko Heimer, 25 January 1996
The postal administration of the Netherlands Antilles issued 30 June 1995 six new stamps with the flags and the coats of arms of the islands. The islands consist out of: Curacao, Bonaire, St Maarten, Saba and St Eustatius. Only the last islands don't have a flag and coat of arms of their own. St Eustatius uses the flag and coat of arms of the Netherlands Antilles as its national symbols. The Postal Service of the Netherlands Antilles issued the booklet 'Flag Issue 1995 / Vlaggenserie 1995' with full details on the history and use of the national symbols of the islands. Write to the Philatelic Service of the Netherlands Antilles, Waaigatplein 1, Curacao for information.
Jos Poels, 4 August 1995
The politicians on Curacao, and also some on St.Maarten, now
wanted a Status Aparte as Aruba .
However, during referendums held in November 1993 (Curacao) and
October 1994 (Bonaire, St.Maarten, St.Eustatius and Saba) large
majorities of the people voted to remain part of the Netherlands
Apart from 1) the 'status quo' option and 2) Status Aparte, there were 2 other options, both receiving very few votes: 3) (overseas) province of the Netherlands; 4) full independence.
Mark Sensen, 4 May 1999
I read today in the International Herald Tribune that St. Maarten has just voted for separation
from Netherlands Antilles within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Well, I suppose the island will keep on flying its actual flag,
but there will probably be a new flag for Neth. Antilles, one of
the 5 stars having to be removed, if they follow the same logic
than they did in 1986 when Aruba broke away. The article I read
didn't say when the separation will happen.
Olivier Touzeau, 26 June 2000
First of all it was a consulting, non-binding referendum, the
other options apart from the favoured "status aparte"
(68.9%) being "status quo" (3.7%),
"independence" (14.2%), and "stronger position
within the Neth.Antilles" (11.6%).
Secondly, the Dutch politicians are not in favour of a Status Aparte for Sint Maarten. And when Sint Maarten will leave the Neth.Antilles, the question is what Sint Eustatius and Saba will do. There is e.g. a majority on Saba that wants to become a province of the Netherlands in that case.
Mark Sensen, 26 June 2000
Looking at a map, one has the distinct impression that the
whole thing is completely wrong: Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are
just north of Venezuela, and 1000 km to NE are Sint Maarten, Sint
Eustatius and Saba. That's the geographical setting.
But the political divisions are Aruba as a separate territory and the Dutch Antilles covering everything else. Now, if Sint Maarten breakes away to a status of separate autonomy, things will become even more strange.
Antonio Martins, 28 June 2000
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascan, 26 Febuary 2002
According the results of the referendum held in June 23, 2000,
in Sint Maarten (the Netherlands part of the Caribbean island of
Saint Marten), this territory is becoming a "new country
within the Kingdom of the Netherlands", in other words, Sint
Maarten is seceding from Netherlands Antilles. This is taking
place on nest 1 June 2002.
The question is if will keep the Neth. Antilles the same flag or will it change?
According information requested by myself to the government of the Neth. Antilles, via e-mail, the flag will be changed: to the current flag will be drop off a star, remaining four, one for each component island: Curacao, Bonaire, Saba and Saint Eustatius. The stars are displaying like a rhombus.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascan, 26 Febuary 2002
by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascan, 27 Febuary 2002
This a variant of the future Netherlands Antilles flag to be
adopted on June 1, 2002, when Sint Maartin seced from it. The
lateral (near-hoist and near-fly) stars are more separated,
remarking the rhombus shape.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascan, 27 Febuary 2002
Although there was a majority for a "status aparte"
in the (consulting) referendum, and there have been some talks I
think with the rest of the Netherlands Antilles, I never heard
the new status was granted >However, to be sure I mailed the
Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and a
newspaper on the Neth. Antilles. When I receice an answer I will
Mark Sensen, 27 Febuary 2002
I don't have an answer from the ministry yet. But I received
one from the newspaper Amigoe at Curacao, and they don't know
anything about it. I also got an answer from Jos Poels who is in
contact with a journalist working for a Dutch newspaper in
Curacao. He wrote it's very unlikely a Status Aparte ever will be
Mark Sensen, 1 March 2002