The European Parliament is boycotting Suriname as the host country of the European Union-African Caribbean and Pacific (EU/ACP) conference scheduled for November.
The conference, which is billed as the largest multilateral meeting after the United Nations General Assembly is expected to attract an estimated 1,000 delegates from Europe and the ACP countries.
The EU Parliament is suggesting that the new venue be Guyana, Curacao or Aruba. European legislators say the recent passage of the legislation providing an amnesty to President Desi Bouterse and others implicated in the December 1982 murders of known opponents of the then military government headed by Bouterse.
Dutch Euro parliamentarian, Thijs Berman, said there it was an unanimous decision by the European Parliament against hosting the EU-ACP conference in Suriname. But ACP parliamentarians are expected to decide next week when they meet in Denmark whether to support the EU parliament position.
Euro parliamentarian Toine Manders, who rallied fellow legislators against hosting the meeting in Suriname, said the decision could affect future EU-ACP relations. “There will be no meeting without the Euro parliamentarians, so we should choose a different host country.
It would be bad for our relations if the meeting isn’t held at all,” he said, hinting that it was Europe anyway which is footing the bill.