Is an official apology part of healing?

According to a New York Times, “Belgium apologized on Thursday for the kidnapping, segregation, deportation and forced adoption of thousands of children born to mixed-race couples during its colonial rule of Burundi, Congo and Rwanda.”

The question is: Does an official apology counts as in part healing the wounds of history?

Read the full article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/world/europe/belgium-kidnapping-congo-rwanda-burundi.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&fbclid=IwAR0lPbTc8_k0V1HmJzO–qbNy8eLCrHyMd-HqmuM9eIdWrTfMh46P-TKMcg