The mercenary activities in Africa is highly being opposed by China. The country is always ready to support the African countries in working for peace and prosperity, Ma Zhaoxu, Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations said.
According to the Chinese official, mercenary activities are a threat to peace and stability in the African countries and China summons for greater international efforts to address the problem. He said these activities interfere with the internal affairs of the developing countries, and infringe on their sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, adding that china stands firmly against such activities, as reported by Xinhua.
The Chinese representative urged the international community to support African countries in accelerating their development, reducing poverty, eliminating the root causes of conflict and turmoil, and stepping up socio-economic development in African countries. Ma also pledged China's continued support for Africa to achieve peace, stability and development and expressed the hope for China and Africa to jointly build a closer community with a shared future. Also, at the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the international body stands ready to continue to support governments in tackling mercenary activities.
"The United Nations stands ready to continue to support governments in tackling mercenary activities, including through deepening our dialogue with relevant regional organizations and national institutions," the UN chief opined.
The UN General Assembly adopted the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries in 1989. The UN chief told the Council that only 35 states are parties to the convention and called on "those states that remain outside the Convention to accede to or ratify it without delay.