UK withholds £21m Rwanda aid

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said that the UK was withholding £21 million of aid due to be paid to Rwanda next month.

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UN: Rwanda provides 'direct military support' to M23

The United Nations has accused the Government of Rwanda of supporting the M23 rebels operating inside the Democratic Republic of Congo in a number of reports. The UN says the "de facto chain of command" of the group culminates in Rwanda's Minister of Defence, General James Kabarebe:

The Government of Rwanda continues to violate the arms embargo by providing direct military support to the M23 rebels, facilitating recruitment, encouraging and facilitating desertions from the armed forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and providing arms, ammunition, intelligence and political advice.

The United Nations has also accused the Government of Uganda of supporting the M23 by providing "direct troop reinforcements" as well as weapons, training, and other assistance.

Read the full report by the United Nations linking the government of Rwanda to M23 rebel fighters.

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