Budget support freeze unfortunate and undermines pursuit of peace in the region
Kigali, 30 November 2012–Rwanda’s Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo today expressed disappointment at the UK government’s decision to freeze budget support to Rwanda based on allegations contained in the highly contested report of the UN Group of Experts on the DRC.
Minister Mushikiwabo pointed out that the repetition of false accusations does not make them true:
“False, politically-motivated allegations against Rwanda serve the purposes of those who would rather ignore their responsibilities and not face up to the complex governance and security challenges that have afflicted the DRC over many decades. Blaming Rwanda might suit short term political ends but ultimately it hinders understanding of the conflict and puts an effective and lasting solution further out of reach.
“Leveraging aid and development funds to punish or reward the perceived conduct of recipients, or to placate domestic critics, is contrary to the partnership philosophy that has helped make the collaboration between Rwanda and the UK among the most successful of its kind. This action harms Rwanda and does nothing to help the DRC”.
Minister Mushikiwabo said Rwanda would continue to be part of the solution within the ICGLR:
“The bottom line for Rwanda is stability in Eastern DRC and in the region – this is what is important for us. We will continue the work started with member states in our region and hope that the international community will support this process and contribute constructively.”