Right wing parties are “looking for solutions” post Omtzigt

Wednesday evening's talks, with an empty chair for Pieter Omtzight. Photo: Sem van der Wal ANP

The three parties left in the coalition talks met lead negotiator Ronald Plasterk on Wednesday evening to discuss the decision by NSC leader Pieter Omtzigt to pull out.

Photographs showed the four spaced around a table, with a empty place next to far right leader Geert Wilders which had been readied for Omtzigt, who chose not to attend.

The meeting was “a good one”, Wilders told reporters afterwards. “We will meet again tomorrow at 11 am. Omtzigt has been invited and I hope he will show up. We will press ahead, whatever. We are looking for solutions.”

As Wilders spoke, Dilan Yesilgöz (VVD) and Caroline van der Plas (BBB) left the location without speaking, broadcaster NOS said.

The NSC has also said that Omtzigt will not be at Thursday’s meeting. Omtzigt’s second Eddy van Hijum has given Plasterk a written lowdown on his reasons to leave the discussions, NOS reported.

Omtzigt said on Tuesday evening he was “very shocked” to learn about the “real financial setbacks and risks” described in a stack of around 20 dispatches from government ministries to Plasterk.

Plasterk will present his report on the talks to parliament on Monday and MPs will debate the stalemate on Wednesday.

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