The African Union (AU) has been discussing ways to expel private military contractors, mercenaries and foreign fighters from conflicts zones in Africa, a top official said on Sunday.
Armed external forces have become increasingly involved in various conflicts in Africa, inflaming tensions and complicating efforts for peaceful resolution, said Bankole Adeoye, AU commissioner for political affairs, peace and security.
“There is a phenomenal expansion of terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization in all our regions and they have to deal with this scourge,” he said at a news conference on the sidelines of the AU summit underway in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
“They should get out of Africa and we are working on it as an important issue,” he asserted.
He said the 55-member AU has decided “to formulate an actionable roadmap” to chart a course for the fight against terrorism, extremism, and conflict.
“To this end, the AU will have a special summit of heads of state and government in Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, in May,” Adeoye added.