Netherlands Freezes Aid to Yemeni Government

The Netherlands has suspended €14.7 million ($20.9 million) of the total €23.7 million worth of aid it allocated for Yemen in 2011.

The suspension covers all Dutch aid to institutions connected with the Yemeni government, Dutch Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen said. The decision is a “political signal that the Netherlands deplores the actions of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s regime” against demonstrators calling for Saleh’s resignation, according to a statement from the Dutch foreign affairs ministry.

All Dutch emergency aid and assistance coursed through civil society organizations in Yemen will continue as usual, the statement says.

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