Georgia Governor Joins Call For Boycott Of Aruba

Hardbeatnews, ATLANTA, GA, Fri. Dec. 16, 2005: Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue, yesterday joined his Alabama and Arkansas counterparts, Governors Bob Riley and Mike Huckabee, in encouraging Georgians to boycott travel to the Dutch territory of Aruba.

The call comes more than six months after the disappearance of Alabama teen, Natalee Holloway during a class vacation there. Perdue, in a statement yesterday, said “… the boycott is necessary because Aruban authorities have failed to conduct a serious investigation of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.”

He said while his state has “ no quarrel with good citizens of Aruba … the actions of their leaders cannot be taken lightly.”

Gov. Sonny Perdue encouraged Georgians on Thursday to boycott travel to Aruba to protest the way officials there have handled the disappearance of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway.

Perdue and Huckabee are the lone two governors who have so far responded to Governor Riley’s letters requesting the boycott, which he sent earlier this month to fellow U.S. governors.

U.S. State Department officials have declined to support the boycott as Aruban officials rushed to Capitol Hill this week to meet with criminal justice and law enforcement officials there. Aruba Prime Minister, Nelson Oduber, has called the boycott calls irresponsible.

Most of Aruba’s tourists are U.S. nationals. –