The Netherlands sought to "close a difficult chapter" with its former colony Indonesia Thursday by publicly apologising for mass killings carried out by the Dutch army in the 1940s war of independence.
Dutch ambassador Tjeerd De Zwaan (3rd left) talks with Indonesian relatives of victims of summary executions by the Dutch army in the 1940s, during a ceremony at the Dutch embassy in Jakarta on September 12, 2013. The Netherlands has sought to "close a difficult chapter" with its former colony Indonesia 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 in summary executions looked on, Dutch ambassador to Indonesia Tjeerd de Zwaan offered a state apology during a ceremony at the country's embassy in Jakarta.
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