Denmark suspends aid to Egypt

COPENHAGEN, Hovedstaden, Aug 15, 2013 (AFP)

Denmark announced Thursday it has suspended development aid to Egypt, in response to the “bloody events” sparked by a crackdown on the protest camps of supporters of the country’s ousted Islamist president.

“Denmark has two projects in direct collaboration with the Egyptian  government and public institutions, and they are now going to be suspended,”  Christian Friis Bach, the development aid minister told the Berlingske  newspaper.

 “It is in response to the bloody events and the very regrettable turn the  development of democracy has taken” in Egypt, he added.

Denmark’s aid in the two projects amounts to around 30 million kroner (four  million euros, $5.3 million).

Friis Bach also called on the European Union to examine its aid to Cairo,  and told the newspaper that Denmark plans to suspend its contribution to EU  funding there.

At least 300 civilians and 43 police have been killed in nationwide  violence over the crackdown on deposed president Mohamed Morsi’s supporters,  Egyptian officials said Thursday.

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