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Sweden freezes Rwanda aid after rebel backing

Published: 13 Aug 2012 14:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Aug 2012 14:35 GMT+02:00

"We have chosen to hold off with aid to shed light on what is going on Congo and how they (the Rwandan authorities) are involved," Cooperation Minister Gunilla Carlsson told public radio SR.

"We have not stopped, we have chosen to freeze" a part of the aid budget, she said, adding that Rwanda should "take up its responsibilities for the development of the region."

The United States, the Netherlands and Germany have already suspended all or part of their aid to Rwanda since a UN report in June accused high-ranking Rwandan officials of backing army mutineers in eastern DR Congo, who have formed a rebel group called M23.

Rwanda strongly denies the allegation and has in turn accused the Kinshasa government of backing Rwandan Hutu rebels of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), who also operate in eastern DR Congo and are opposed to the Rwandan regime of President Paul Kagame.

Asked by AFP what a partial freeze of Swedish aid would entail, the Swedish foreign ministry gave no details.

In 2011, Sweden gave Rwanda aid worth 215 million kronor ($32.2 million).

A summit of the African Great Lakes nations, which include Rwanda and DR Congo, was held last week to open the way for a neutral force to eradicate the armed groups operating in eastern DR Congo, but it ended Wednesday with no significant outcome.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

16:26 August 13, 2012 by byke
"In 2011, Sweden gave Rwanda aid worth 215 million kronor"

Would be interesting to know if that included taxes and how they determined value.

Retail value at NK for rice ?
21:26 August 13, 2012 by Uncle
byke

It is valued at the budgeted COST to the taxpayer out of government budget. Not taxed.

What is more disturbing is that moronic west decided that Hutu are bad and Tutsi are good as described in Hotel Rwanda.

In fact after the genocide by Hutu, Tutsis engaged in revenge offensive that killed way more people (congolese and Hutu) than the initial genocide was. About 5 Million perished due to this decision and moreover was AIDED by the idiot foreign ministry of Sweden.

Now, when the war became local resistance points by virtually exterminated Hutu, Bildt FINALLY understood that perhaps the jumping into conclusions about "good and bad" is a faulty and there is a remote possibility that Tutsi are as bloodthirsty and barbaric as Hutu and perhaps supporting them may be mmm... slightly immoral.

These discoveries seem to seep slowly into the thick brains of swedish diplomats since the WWII, when realization that the Nazi Germany was perhaps a bit incorrect came at quite late stage.
09:49 August 14, 2012 by G431
Uncle

You are either a totally clueless armchair commentator or a propaganda mouthpiece with a flexible attitude towards facts. How do you reconcile your diatribe with the fact that Rwanda has, for the last 18yrs, been one of the most peaceful countries in Africa, one of its 3 fastest growing economies over the last ten yrs and one of the 3 least corrupt countries on the continent(refer to latest Transparency International annual report), in fact, less corrupt than 1/3 of EU member states? over the last 5 yrs, the number of people living under poverty was reduced by 12%--a rate not seen before anywhere on the continent. Go learn a thing or two about Rwanda and Congo before your next outburst.
13:00 August 14, 2012 by Uncle
G431

Who talks about Rwanda, dear? Forgot to read the article? Mmm? Got all excited about statistics that are completely irrelevant to the subject? mmm?

Rwanda waged a war in Congo that took lives of 5 million people. Largest number of dead after WWII. All in an attempt to chase down escaping Hutu. It continues sponsoring militias that exterminate Hutu on a regular basis.

Your diatribe is related to the topic as would be statistical facts about the economy of USA, when the discussion is about Iraq's hell. Now, go back to Wikipedia and read about Congo. Come back with statistics.
22:09 August 14, 2012 by G431
Uncle

" go back to Wikipedia and read about Congo. Come back with statistics.".

That explains your knowledge of Congo and Rwanda. Good luck.
23:29 August 14, 2012 by Uncle
Haha. You did not get the sarcasm. As expected...

I like the argument "good luck". It hides the fact that there are no viable arguments and at the same time gives kind of derogatory disregard... Cute.

No, sure Congo did not lose millions of lives and it is in fact a powerful economy somewhere between Luxembourg and Lichtenshtein. It is an excellent country that accepts hundreds of thousands of western immigrants who run there for a better life. Stupid me...

I apologize for assuming that the thriving Rwanda actually invaded the heaven of Zaire with the support from Uganda in 1996. What actually happened was a parade of children with baloons and the stupid western media washed my brains... Sorry.
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