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Saturday, 5 May, 2001, 06:56 GMT 07:56 UK
EU unblocks funds for DR Congo

The European Union says it will release more than one-hundred-million dollars in development aid for the Democratic Republic of Congo which have been frozen for nine years.

The EU commissioner for development and aid, Poul Nielson, said the decision was linked to President Joseph Kabila's commitment to respect the 1999 Lusaka peace accords.

He said the money would be used for fighting poverty and promoting human rights and democratic principles.

The EU froze development aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1992, because the government of the late President Mobutu was blocking the country's transition to democracy.

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