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Mitchell: Rwanda aid block 'right decision'

The UK has suspended aid to Rwanda amid concerns about its role in the conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo.

The International Development Secretary Justine Greening said a payment worth £21m would not now be released.

An aid payment of £16m was paid to Rwanda in September despite questions over the country's alleged support for the M23 militia in DR Congo.

Her predecessor, Andrew Mitchell, controversially authorised the payment on his last day in the job.

Speaking to the BBC, Mr Mitchell defended that decision, but also said that it was "right" to suspend payment in light of recent events.

  • 30 Nov 2012