Relations, once strained and bitter between the Netherlands and its former colony of Indonesia, reached an historic point of friendship, last week, with the visit of Queen Juliana.
Relations, once strained and bitter between the Netherlands and its former colony of Indonesia, reached an historic point of friendship, last week, with the visit of Queen Juliana. It was the first-ever visit to the Indonesia by a Dutch monarch. The greeting for Queen Juliana and her husband, Prince Bernhard, was led by President Suharto, who fought as a Lieutenant-Colonel in Indonesia's struggle for independence from Holland.
Indonesian-Dutch relations have grown close under the five-year-old rule of President Suharto, an army general who came to power after an abortive communist coup attempt, which led to President Sukarno's downfall. In line with the apparent liberalisation policies of President Suharto, the government announced, on Tuesday (31 August), that several Indonesian generals -- arrested two years ago for alleged pro-Sukarno leanings -- have been allowed to return to their families, but remain under house arrest.
On Friday (27 August), Queen Juliana was given a tumultous welcome by 5,.000 students at the University of Indonesia. Earlier, she visited the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery and laid a wreath in honour of Indonesian soldiers killed during the independence war against the Dutch.