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Germany puts aid talks with Congo on hold

PUBLISHED: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 13:59:56 GMT

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KINSHASA – Germany has indefinitely postponed talks on development assistance to Congo after President Joseph Kabila stayed in power despite his mandate expiring this week, the German foreign office said on Wednesday.

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“From now on, the Congolese Government’s scope for action will be restricted,” the statement said.

“The negotiations on development cooperation scheduled to take place next year will be postponed indefinitely. The German Government reserves the right to take further steps.” 

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(Reporting by Tim Cocks; Editing by Aaron Ross)