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Vol 42 No 14

Published 13th July 2001


Friends abroad, foes at home

Aid has restarted but dialogue has stalled and foreign troops stay put

President Joseph Kabila has convinced international donors that he is worth backing. Aid is starting, slowly and conditionally, to flow towards Kinshasa. In March, the European Union announced a package worth 28 million euros (US$23.7 mn.) for rehabilitating the justice system. It also set aside a further E120 mn. ($101.6 mn.) conditional on progress in the promised inter-Congolese dialogue, between government, armed rebels, unarmed opposition and 'civil society'. Belgium, too, said on 30 June that its aid would restart and on 3 July, the World Bank organised a donors' meeting in Paris, with Belgium and Canada sharing the chair. The Congolese representatives heard that $240 mn. could be available over coming months but again, subject to progress towards peace.

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