Netherlands apologises for colonial killings in Indonesia
JAKARTA (AFP) - The Netherlands sought to "close a difficult chapter" with its former colony Indonesia on Thursday by publicly apologising for summary executions carried out by the Dutch army in the 1940s.
As children of some of the men who were massacred without trial looked on, Dutch ambassador to Indonesia Tjeerd De Zwaan offered a state apology during a ceremony at the Dutch embassy in Jakarta.
"On behalf of the Dutch government, I apologise for these excesses," said the ambassador.
"The Dutch government hopes that this apology will help close a difficult chapter for those whose lives were impacted so directly by the violent excesses that took place between 1945 and 1949."