AU urges action against mercenary acts

Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has expressed concern over the recurring mercenary acts and their consequences on the security and stability of the continent.
A group of 70 suspected mercenaries is currently facing trial in Zimbabwe for alleged attempt to topple the regime in Equatorial Guinea.
In one of its declarations at the end of its third Summit Thursday, the AU urged African countries to take necessary steps to stem and combat mercenary acts.
The Union also called on member States to promote greater exchange of information and adopt appropriate legislation against mercenary acts.
It requested the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, to transmit the declaration to the UN Security Council for possible adoption.
The summit commended South Africa, Angola and Zimbabwe for their co-operation with Equatorial Guinea, which, it said, made it possible to foil the coup attempt in the oil-rich tiny West African country.
The AU confirmed its commitment to the war against mercenaries, in line with the Convention of the defunct OAU, on the Elimination of Mercenaries in Africa.

08 july 2004 15:08:00

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