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Jakarta Post

Unresolved colonial past clouds Dutch royal visit

  • Apriza Pinandita and Yuliasri Perdani

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta/The Hague   /   Mon, March 9, 2020   /  10:50 am
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This file photo taken on September 19, 2017 shows Dutch King Willem-Alexander delivering his 'Speech from the Throne' next to Queen Maxima in the Ridderzaal (Knights' Hall), during 'Prinsjesdag' (Prince's Day) in The Hague.(AFP/Koen van Weel / ANP )

Dutch King Willem-Alexander is due to arrive in Indonesia for a state visit next week, the first time since his inauguration in 2013. Officials have promised an itinerary with a heavy emphasis on economic issues, but unresolved demands from those affected by past war crimes still loom large over the monarch's visit. King Willem-Alexander is expected to arrive in Jakarta on March 9 accompanied by Queen Maxima, four Dutch cabinet ministers and a business delegation of about 130 people, the Foreign Ministry has announced. On March 10, the Dutch delegation will commence a three-day visit with stops in Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan and Lake Toba in North Sumatra. Hans de Boer, the president of Dutch business and employers' organization VNO-NCW, will lead the economic trade mission in Indonesia, which boasts representatives of 135 major and medium-...