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Thursday, 17 March 2016

EU cuts financial aid to Burundi government

Brussels has suspended direct aid to Burundi following a surge of politically-motivated violence. The EU said humanitarian aid would not be cut amid concerns the East African nation may slip back into civil conflict. The European Council announced Monday that Brussels will cut financial support to Burundi after judging that the government's proposals to address EU concerns were "insufficient." "The EU has suspended direct financial support to the Burundian administration, including budget support, but is fully maintaining both its financial support to the population and its humanitarian assistance," the EU said in a statement announcing the decision. In December, the EU launched consultations with Burundi under article 96 of the Cotonou Agreement, deemed the "most comprehensive partnership agreement between developing countries and the EU." Article 96 of the agreement aims to safeguard and promote human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific through political dialogue, according to the EU. Burundi has witnessed a surge in politically-motivated violence since President Pierre Nkurunziza announced in April 2015 he would seek a third term in office. The move was criticized by activists and oppositions figures for undermining the country's constitution.

Source: DW