UK freezes aid to Rwanda over Congo rebel claims

LONDON - Britain said on Friday it was withholding 21 million pounds ($34 million) of aid to Rwanda because of reports the African state is supporting rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
The UK, Rwanda's largest bilateral donor, is the latest Western partner to freeze aid to Kigali following an independent United Nations report that Rwanda is behind an eight-month-old rebellion responsible for the worst fighting in eastern Congo for years.
Britain's International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the funds, which had been due to be disbursed in December, would not be released because Rwanda's government had breached the principles underlying their aid agreement.