HEADLINE-NATION | Dutch PM recognizes 1945 as Indonesiaʼs independence

An elderly citizen looks at the red-and-white flag. JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan(JP/Maksum Nur Fauzan)


The Netherlands has finally recognized Aug. 17, 1945 as Indonesia’s official independence day, though still insisting that the legal transfer of sovereignty took place some four years later on Dec. 27, 1949, and that the recognition will not change any preexisting legal conditions.



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In a parliamentary meeting on Wednesday in The Hague, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that Amsterdam has “completely and unconditionally” acknowledged 1945 as the year marking Jakarta’s independence, the first admission of its kind after 78 years, adding that he would soon consult with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to mull on a shared understanding on the past event.

“We fully acknowledge the 17th of August without reservations. […] We see the [1945] proclamation as a historical fact,” said Rutte, as quoted by several Dutch media.


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Yvette Tanamal (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta   ●   Fri, June 16 2023

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