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UK and Holland suspend Rwanda aid

  • The UK and Holland have joined the United States in suspending aid to Rwanda over its alleged backing of rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    The British government said it was delaying $25 million in budget support due this month until it determined whether aid conditions had been met.

    The announcement came after the Dutch foreign ministry confirmed it would no longer be making payments worth $6.15 million to Rwanda's aid budget.

    Rwanda has repeatedly allegations that it is supporting the M23 movement rebels in the DRC.

    The rebels mutinied from the Congolese army in April and some 200,000 people have fled their homes as a result of the subsequent violence.

    Eastern DR Congo has been riddled with conflict since 1994, when more than a million ethnic Hutus crossed into the country following the Rwandan genocide, in which some 800,000 people, mostly Tutsis, died.

    Rwanda has twice invaded its neighbor in an attempt to take action against Hutu rebels based there.