Saturday, July 10, 2004

African Union: "the mercenary threat"

The third African Union (AU) Summit was held July 6-8 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The following is the third of eight summit summaries.

On the last day of the summit, the AU directed the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, to submit its anti-mercenarism declaration to the UN Security Council, for possible adoption as a resolution.1 The declaration reads in part ...
"In this regard, the (AU) Assembly calls on member states to promote greater exchange of information and adopt appropriate legislations against mercenarism," said the AU in the declaration.

The AU condemned the acts of mercenarism perpetrated against the government of Equatorial Guinea on March 7.

[...] While commending South Africa, Angola and Zimbabwe for their cooperation with Equatorial Guinea which made it possible to foil the attempt, the AU expressed concern over the recurrence of the phenomenon and its consequences on the security and stability of African countries. (see footnote 1 for source)
The AU also affirmed its commitment to eliminating the threat posed by mercenaries, as stated in the Convention for the Elimination of Mercenaries in Africa (full-text), passed by the now defunct Organization of African Unity (OAU).2

South African President Thabo Mbeki called mercenaries one of the biggest dangers facing the continent. Equatorial Guinea's President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, also addressed the issue of mercenaries and the recent coup attempts in his country saying ...
"There is no doubt that the petroleum wealth has become the honey that attracts the bees to our home," [...]

"These groups are being used by the Western economic powers and multinational companies, which constitute a proven threat of unforeseen consequences for our nations," Obiang said in a statement.

[...] "This simply means that the mercenary phenomena in Africa has become one that can be equally compared with that of international terrorism," said Obiang [...] (source)
>>> The most recent post on Equatorial Guinea ... here.

1: "AU to submit anti-mercenarism declaration for UN adoption." (2004, July 8). Xinhua News Agency.

2: "AU urges action against mercenary acts." (2004, July 8). Panafrican News Agency (PANA).

Previous AU Summit summaries ....
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