European Union follows US and Germany in suspending donor support over fears military is supporting Congolese rebels
by David Smith, Africa correspondent
Rwanda’s biggest aid donor, the European Union, has partially frozen its financial support to the east African nation, dealing what may be the heaviest blow yet to president Paul Kagame.
The move follows decisions by the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden to suspend donor support over allegations that the Rwandan military is supporting a murderous rebellion in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Britain’s position has been more ambiguous: after initially freezing £16m of general budget support to the country in July, it unblocked half that amount earlier this month, a partial U-turn that provoked criticism. The EU’s decision now leaves Britain isolated.
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