Germany resumes aid
Thursday 1 April 2004
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BURUNDI: Germany resumes aid

NAIROBI, 4 April (PLUSNEWS) - Germany is to resume aid to Burundi following a nine-year break, its Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development announced on Tuesday.

A total of 45,2 million euros (almost US $40 million) has been earmarked for projects involving the reintegration of Burundi refugees, HIV/AIDS-related activities and rural water supply projects, a statement said.

The decision put Germany "in harmony" with the rest of the international community, which committed itself at a December 2001 conference to supporting the transitional government, Parliamentary State Secretary Uschi Eid was quoted as saying.

It was to be hoped that the money allocated to reintegration programmes for refugees would contribute to the stabilisation of the Great Lakes region in general, according to the statement.

The statement added that a meeting last week between Eid and Burundi Foreign Minister Terence Sinunguruza had focused on future cooperation between the two countries and the preconditions necessary for this, specifically in relation to the security situation in Burundi and the region in general.

German aid to Burundi was suspended in 1993 when civil war erupted between Hutu rebels and the predominantly Tutsi military. The war has claimed the lives of an estimated 250,000 people, most of them civilians.

A power-sharing government was established on 1 November 2001 following a peace accord signed in August 2000.

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