Netherlands suspends aid to Pakistan

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5 November 2007 , THE HAGUE - The Netherlands has suspended aid to Pakistan after military leader President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule, Dutch Development Aid Minister Bert Koenders said Monday.

5 November 2007

THE HAGUE - The Netherlands has suspended aid to Pakistan after military leader President Pervez Musharraf imposed emergency rule, Dutch Development Aid Minister Bert Koenders said Monday.

"This is a dramatic coup d'etat that we strongly disapprove of and that undermines Pakistan's democracy, development and population," Koenders told the ANP news agency.

The Netherlands had budgeted some EUR 15 million in aid to Pakistan for 2007 and some EUR 12 million has already been spent. The remainder is now suspended, Koenders' spokesman Franceso Mascini said.

For next year the Netherlands had planned to give some EUR 40 million in aid to Pakistan,  mostly for education. That is now under review.

[Copyright AFP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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