1 February 2013

Rwanda: Germany Unfreezes U.S.$ 26 Million to Rwanda

The German government has decided to unblock its aid to Rwanda, which had been suspended following UN accusations that Rwanda was backing the M23 mutiny in the Eastern DRC. The aid to be released amounts to US$ 26 million (Frw 17 billion).

The Germany Minister of International Cooperation announced the decision to Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo during her visit to the Bundestag, the German Parliament.

During her visit, Minister Mushikiwabo explained to the parliamentarycommittees of Economic Cooperation and Development, of Foreign Affairs and of Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, that allegations claiming that Rwanda is causing insecurity in the Eastern DRC through support to the M23 rebel group are categorically false and baseless. "The bottom line for Rwanda is this: our national interest is not served by conflict or instability at our borders; indeed, the opposite is true. A secure and stable DRC is vital for Rwanda's own economic prospects. If we can play a role in helping build a lasting peace in the eastern DRC, Rwanda will do so," Mushikiwabo said.

As clear evidence to her arguments, Mushikiwabo cited the fact that Rwanda stood ready in the recent AU summit to add its signature to the UN framework sponsored by the Secretary-General.

The Germany committees ended up convinced that Rwanda is working on finding permanent solutions for the Eastern DRC and that the allegations could be baseless and false. Almost all parties across the German political scale agree to the releasing of suspended aid to Rwanda.

Through her twitter account, Rwanda's ambassador to Germany, Christine Nkurikiyinka, also confirmed the news. "The news that Germany has unblocked aid to Rwanda is not wrong at all!," she tweeted, adding that the release of Germany aid to Rwanda proves once again that allegations against Rwanda are groundless.

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