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Monday, 03 December 2012

UK stops aid to Rwanda

The UK International Development Secretary, Justine Greening, announced today that the UK Government will not release the £21 million (25,8 million Euro) aid payment to Rwanda, amid concerns about its involvement in the conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Greening designated the support for the M23 militia in DRC as a breach of the partnership principles set out in the Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries, resulting in freezing the aid for the month of December.
In the same time, The UK Government also announced that it will provide a further £18 million (22,2 million Euro) of support for immediate humanitarian needs in DRC which will provide 100,000 people with three months of emergency food assistance, as well as access to clean water, essential household items and emergency education. "We are committed to finding lasting solutions to the conflict in this region and will work with the Governments of Rwanda and DRC to secure a peaceful resolution to the situation in eastern DRC", Greening said.

Source: Department for International Development