DRC relieved by cut to Rwanda aid

July 23, 2012 at 12:51 PM

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, July 23 (UPI) -- While disruption of U.S. military aid to Rwanda sends a strong signal, it shouldn't come at the detriment to regional affairs, a DRC official said.

Washington cut military assistance to Rwanda citing allegations the government was backing militants in the Democratic Republic of Congo that waged mutiny early this year.

DRC Information Minister Lambert Mende was quoted by Voice of America as saying the decision to cut military aid to Rwanda was a good move.

"We think that this is a very positive signal to have Rwanda cooperate with the pacification of this region that has suffered a lot," he said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had called on DRC and Rwandan leaders to work to find a solution to a crisis brewing since April. Rwanda denies the allegations it was supporting rebels fighting in DRC.

The minister, however, said that while it was wise to make an effort to disrupt militant activity in his country, Rwanda shouldn't be overly penalized for regional conflict.

"For us, the problem is not to make Rwanda disappear," he said. "Though we are having some criminal networks there, we have to live together."

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
Small plane crash kills two near Dallas
Justice Department investigating airlines for alleged price fixing
Kuwait orders NBC reconnaissance vehicles
Netherlands orders Bushmaster armored vehicles
Nicholas Winton, "England's Schindler," dies at 106