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Well the apology doesn't come from the person for the person. It is from the State and the State has no predecessor, in a way. I know it sounds like a formality, in fact it is: it is a symbolic message with more than one meaning:

1. State can be wrong 2. As we could have be wrong in the past, we could be wrong now. 3. It is a good thing that we recognize that 4. People who are in a similar condition today, shall no fear anymore 5. If we ever try to do something similar, you can remind us of our apologies, at least.

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