Minister ‘regrets’ Indonesian massacre

Foreign affairs minister Maxime Verhagen offered the Dutch government’s ‘sincere regret’ to relatives of the 1947 massacre of Rawagede on West Java, reports news agency Novum.

The minister was speaking on Wednesday, the first day of his official visit to Indonesia. He told several of the relatives in Jakarta: ‘The Dutch government reiterates its deep regret for the actions of the Dutch.’
The massacre took place during the five years of guerilla war which preceded Indonesian independence when Dutch soldiers executed some 431 men and boys from the village of Rawegede.
The Indonesians have always said they want a proper apology for the massacre, but the Dutch government has always spoken of ‘regret’. It has also ruled out compensation for survivors and relatives of those killed because the case is too old.

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