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German Government Pledges Support to the Congo During African Visit

May 12th, 2014
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News from Berlin - German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid Christoph Strässer has just arrived in Berlin after an official visit to South Sudan, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (April 22nd to April 30th). This official visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo was for Germany to reiterate its concern for the country: “Federal Germany is concerned about the humanitarian and human rights situation in the East of the DRC” announced Christoph Strässer after his visit. However the Federal Government Commissioner also expressed his satisfaction about the efforts made in the DRC to restore peace and to improve infrastructure. He asserted that the German Government is willing to continue its support to the DRC.

This support is twofold. German support to the DRC is helping to promote the democratic and electoral process, especially a hypothetical referendum for constitutional reform. Christoph Strässer asserted that the German Government has already shown its support by giving recommendations and advice but “it remains to be seen if they have been applied”. Furthermore, the German Government has allocated 120 million euros to the Cooperation Development scheme for the DRC. According to the Federal Government Commissioner this decision was proof that: “Germany spared neither trouble nor efforts to support the DRC in its reconstruction”. Indeed, this German humanitarian aid focused on health and education and helped economic reconstruction and peace promotion in the DRC.

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