Selasa, 10 Maret 2020

The Dutch King apologizes for past violence to Jokowi

In the presence of President Joko Widodo , Dutch King  Willem Alexander expressed his apology for the violence that occurred in Indonesia in the past after the proclamation of independence.  "In the years after the proclamation was announced, there was a painful separation and caused many fatalities. In line with my previous government statement, I would like to express my regret and apology for the excessive violence from the Dutch in those years," said Willem Alexander at the Presidential Palace, Bogor, West Java, Tuesday (10/3).   According to him, the Dutch government had recognized Indonesian independence since 2005. At that time, the Dutch Government, represented by Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, made his first official visit to Indonesia.   "The Dutch government has recognized politically and morally since 15 years ago. We congratulate Indonesia on celebrating 75 years of independence on August 17," he said.  King Alexander states that past history cannot be erased and must be recognized by subsequent generations. He also realized that the family's wounds and sorrows from the victims of colonialism were still felt today.  However, according to him, this visit became a hope and a sign that countries that were once opposite could grow together.  "This is a hope and a sign that countries that were once opposite can grow and develop together to form new relationships based on mutual respect, trust and friendship," he said.  King Alexander also believes that the bond between the Netherlands-Indonesia will be stronger. He also claimed there were still many young men from Indonesia who were interested in getting education in the land of the windmills.  "Many people in the Netherlands feel a deep bond with Indonesia. It is also very satisfying to see the number of Indonesian youth who are interested in studying in the Netherlands continue to increase," said King Alexander.  While Jokowi stated that past history cannot be erased. However, according to him, it can be a lesson to build a relationship of mutual respect and benefit.  "I want to say that we certainly cannot erase history, but we can learn from the past. We make these lessons to reinforce the commitment to build an equal relationship, mutual respect, and mutual benefit," he said.  It is known, on August 16, 2005 Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot attended the 60th anniversary of Indonesian independence at the State Palace. This is the arrival of the first high-ranking official of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in celebrating the Republic of Indonesia Anniversary.  During the visit, he did not mention the apology for the Dutch colonialism. However, Bot alluded to that his presence could be considered an August 17 reception politically and morally.  Prior to that recognition, the Dutch insisted that Indonesian independence was not on August 17, 1945, but on December 27, 1949, or the transfer of sovereignty in Amseterdam.


In the presence of President Joko Widodo , Dutch King  Willem Alexander expressed his apology for the violence that occurred in Indonesia in the past after the proclamation of independence.

"In the years after the proclamation was announced, there was a painful separation and caused many fatalities. In line with my previous government statement, I would like to express my regret and apology for the excessive violence from the Dutch in those years," said Willem Alexander at the Presidential Palace, Bogor, West Java, Tuesday (10/3). 

According to him, the Dutch government had recognized Indonesian independence since 2005. At that time, the Dutch Government, represented by Foreign Minister Bernard Bot, made his first official visit to Indonesia.


"The Dutch government has recognized politically and morally since 15 years ago. We congratulate Indonesia on celebrating 75 years of independence on August 17," he said.

King Alexander states that past history cannot be erased and must be recognized by subsequent generations. He also realized that the family's wounds and sorrows from the victims of colonialism were still felt today.

However, according to him, this visit became a hope and a sign that countries that were once opposite could grow together.

"This is a hope and a sign that countries that were once opposite can grow and develop together to form new relationships based on mutual respect, trust and friendship," he said.

King Alexander also believes that the bond between the Netherlands-Indonesia will be stronger. He also claimed there were still many young men from Indonesia who were interested in getting education in the land of the windmills.

"Many people in the Netherlands feel a deep bond with Indonesia. It is also very satisfying to see the number of Indonesian youth who are interested in studying in the Netherlands continue to increase," said King Alexander.

While Jokowi stated that past history cannot be erased. However, according to him, it can be a lesson to build a relationship of mutual respect and benefit.

"I want to say that we certainly cannot erase history, but we can learn from the past. We make these lessons to reinforce the commitment to build an equal relationship, mutual respect, and mutual benefit," he said.

It is known, on August 16, 2005 Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot attended the 60th anniversary of Indonesian independence at the State Palace. This is the arrival of the first high-ranking official of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in celebrating the Republic of Indonesia Anniversary.

During the visit, he did not mention the apology for the Dutch colonialism. However, Bot alluded to that his presence could be considered an August 17 reception politically and morally.

Prior to that recognition, the Dutch insisted that Indonesian independence was not on August 17, 1945, but on December 27, 1949, or the transfer of sovereignty in Amseterdam.

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