Queen denounces former Argentine junta

31st March 2006, Comments 0 comments

31 March 2006, AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands referred to the crimes of the former military regime during the royal visit to Argentina.

31 March 2006

AMSTERDAM — Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands referred to the crimes of the former military regime during the royal visit to Argentina.

The military ruled Argentina from 1976 to 1983. During that time thousands of opponents of the regime 'disappeared' and many were murdered.

"Your country has had some very difficult year. The period of the military dictatorship with its many horrors and abuses of human rights made a deep impression on our country. Many people in the Netherlands sympathised deeply with the brave men and women who opposed the dictatorship," the Queen said in an after-dinner speech on Thursday.

"The sympathy for the persecuted remains undiminished in our country. Your land still suffers under the legacy of these dark years. You have recognised this problem and courageously placed it on the agenda," Beatrix told Argentine President Nestor Kirchner.

The Queen said the Argentine government was still working to do right by the persecuted, "in the conviction that processing the past is one of the conditions for the further advancement of a stable society".

The Queen is on a three-day visit to Argentina with her son, Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Argentine-born Princess Maxima.

Maxima's father was a civilian member of the military government from 1976 to 1981.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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