At UN, Dutch Pol Verhagen Explains Aid Cut to
Rwanda but not to Congo, Trusts Kabila or Structure
Byline: Matthew Russell Lee of
Inner City Press at the UN: News Analysis
December 18 -- Following the
Netherlands' cut-off of aid to Rwanda in response to a UN report
government supporting the rebels of Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda in
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Inner City Press on Thursday asked
Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxime Verhagen if his country was cutting
the DRC as well. The UN report also says that the Congolese Army
FDLR Hutu rebels.
told Inner City Press, "I don't think we give much support to Congo,"
and looked at the aides surrounding him in the hallway outside the UN
Council. "We didn't suspend all development aid for Rwanda," he
continued, only that for budget support. "In Congo we don't do that.
other assistance aid we can see where the money is spent."
direct budget support model, developing countries are given cash to put
their budget and use as they see fit. Verhagen and his government
appear to be implying
that the Rwandan government of Paul Kagame would use such aid to
Nkunda, whereas they can better monitor aid to the Congolese government
Press asked, if the Netherlands was giving budget support to the Congo,
this be cut off in light of the UN report? Verhagen said, "That's a
hypothetical question," and laughed.
And then he was gone.
Verhagen: reaching out to take back
budget support to Rwanda, DRC grab not shown
had appeared, along with France's Rama Yade, to discuss their statement
UN calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality.
Inner City Press asked Rama Yade to comment
on a text read out by Syria, opposing that of France, and to the legal
challenge to France's violation of human rights announced this week by
who say that they requiring them to remove their turbans, their
rights are being infringed. Rama Yade did not answer the latter. Video here,
from Minute 8:58. Minutes later, Verhagen also dodged a question, but
with a laugh, calling it hypothetical.
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