Britain halts aid to Rwanda over 'role' in DRC crisis

Civilians flee heavy gunfire from Rugari in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on July 27, 2012 in the fight between M23 rebels and government soldiers. Britain has suspended aid to Rwanda for allegedly supporting the rebels. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

Britain has suspended aid to Rwanda amid concerns about the Kigali’s role in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ministers said the UK would not now release a payment worth £21m.

An aid payment of £16m was paid to Rwanda in September despite question marks over its alleged support for the M23 militia in DR Congo.

The government also said it would give a further £18m for immediate humanitarian needs in the DR Congo.

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