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Netherlands to apologise for its role in slavery

The Netherlands is expected to formally apologise for its role in 250 years of slavery.

There are reports that the apology should take place on December 19.

Seven members of the Cabinet will travel to Suriname and the Caribbean to make speeches expressing regret on behalf of The Netherlands. 

Prime Minister Mark Rutte will do the same in The Netherlands.

Earlier this month, the Cabinet confirmed that an apology for the country's history of slavery was imminent. 

A majority in parliament insisted on it after MPs traveled to Suriname, Curacao, and Bonaire. 

The apologies will not translate into immediate financial reparations for the surviving relatives of enslaved people. 

However, the Cabinet did previously announce that it will put 200 million euros into a fund to finance projects to raise awareness. 

It will also make 27 million euros available for a museum about slavery.