Turning on one of its staunchest allies in Africa represents a major policy reversal for the US state department
Concerted international pressure is being applied on the Rwandan president Paul Kagame to stop supporting a rebel group that is wreaking havoc in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The US is retreating from years of public support for Mr Kagame by no longer giving him the benefit of the doubt and announcing a cut in military aid. Britain, Rwanda’s single largest bilateral donor, said it would delay payment of the latest batch of £16m in aid. The Netherlands and Germany have followed suit. The immediate target and purpose of this pressure is an indicted war criminal called Bosco Ntaganda, also known as the Terminator, whom Rwanda stands accused of shielding. A Rwandan rebuttal of allegations about its relations with Ntaganda, which were detailed in a UN report, has done little to calm the storm. Mr Kagame, a pragmatist if ever there was one, has a choice to make.
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