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Dutch to apologise to Indonesia for 'police actions' AMSTERDAM (THE NETHERLANDS) - Two Dutch church groups have applauded the "historic decision" by Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot to attend celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Indonesia's Independence on Wednesday. The Kerkinactie and ICCO groups also called on Bot to use the opportunity to apologise to the Indonesian people for the two bloody military campaigns the Dutch military carried out in a bid to regain control of the former colony following World War II.

Bot indicated at a ceremony in The Hague to mark Japan's swurrender and the end of World war II to say he would express regret for the "painful and violent parting of the ways between Indonesia and the Netherlands''. Nationalist leaders Sukarno and Mohammad Hatta declared independence two days after Japan, which occupied the region from 1942, surrendered.

The ensuing Dutch offensives described at the time as "police actions" by The Hague led to the deaths of 6,000 Dutch troops and at least 10,000 Indonesians. Bot hopes the Indonesian public will see his present at the celebrations in Jakarta as as "political and moral acceptance" of 17 August 1945 as Indonesian Independence Day.

The Netherlands has until now held to 27 December 1949, the day the government in The Hague officially recognised Indonesia's independence. The church groups said on Monday that Dutch church leaders had expressed their apologies for the four years of repression when they met with Indonesian church officials 20 years ago on Bali.

The groups sent Bot a letter asking him to do the same in the name of the government of the Netherlands.



Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





sidia
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Why apologise for the so called P.A 1 and P.A 2 ,
or there are something wrong happened there ?



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londoh
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Menir Agung Yth.,

Can you please mention a reliable source for "your" 40.000 deads on Sulawesi.

regards

Londoh





Agung
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Dear Londoh,
as you probably already know, there is no reliable source for this number. This is the number that in Indonesia has been put on this event. Perhaps it's an exaggerated number, but the fact remains that it was really bad and something the Dutch should make an apology for.

As a matter a fact the same applies for the number of foreighners killed after WW II. Also for this there is no reliable source for the actual number, but the fact remains that it was awful and something Indonesia should apologise for, but will probably never do. You know that is not the strongest point of the Ind. government.



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B. Lon yth.,

Silahkan bapa Lon: 'He who has no sin throw the stone first .....'
There had been on both sides ferocities .......
After 60 years I think we do not need to start a cometition, who was the cruellist !!!
At the moment it is no use 'crying over spilled milk' .... I think the country need a new vision to start a new era ....
We must and probably will not forget those dead people; but what about the time that in INDOnesia +/- 2 million people had been killed, accused of communistic ideas ....... most of them on false accusations !!!
Just because 'cold war' was at its peak !!!

Greets ..... Anis.



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Bot is not going to apologise, because there IS nothing to apologise for! . The police actions were law and order measures to stop the anarchie ,chaos and killings of the post war bersiap period. The relentless killings of the so called "rampokkers" and tni that had plundered the Japanese and Dutch weapon depots had to be stopped. You cannot say sorry for taking responsibility, you can only regret the killings.



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therefore the title of the topic is completeky wrong and misleading.There is one thing Bot is for sure not going to do and that is apologise! please correct the title to "some church groups want Dutch to apologise" or so.



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