Belgian ‘regret’ for Congo past stirs mixed response
DR Congo hailed Belgium on Tuesday after its monarch, King Philippe, voiced his “deepest regrets” for the country’s brutal colonial occupation, but some in the country demanded reparations for the past.
In a letter to President Felix Tshisekedi on the nation’s 60th anniversary of independence, Philippe expressed unprecedented sorrow for colonial acts that historians say led to the death of millions of Congolese. “I want to express my deepest regrets for these wounds of the past whose pain is reawakened today by the discrimination still present in our societies,” Philippe said. “Acts of violence and cruelty were committed which weigh on our collective memory,” he said. DR Congo Foreign Minister Marie Ntumba Nzeza, in statement to AFP, said.