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after reports of support for Congo rebels

Sweden freezes aid to Rwanda

Published måndag 13 augusti 2012 kl 15.59
Refugees who have fled from the fighting in the eastern DRC

Sweden is provisionally suspending aid to Rwanda, following reports that the central African nation has backed rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Development Cooperation Minister Gunilla Carlsson tells Swedish Radio News “We have chosen to hold off with aid to shed light on what is going on in Congo” and how the Rwandan authorities are involved.

There no details of how much aid is being suspended, but last year Sweden gave Rwanda more than US$ 32 million in development assistance.

The United States, the Netherlands, and Germany have already suspended all or part of their aid to Rwanda after a UN report in June accused high-ranking Rwandan officials of backing army mutineers in the eastern DRC.

Rwanda denies the allegation, and in turn accuses the Congo government in Kinshasa of supporting Rwandan Hutu rebels.

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