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Preamble

    We, the Heads of State and Government of the Member States of the Organization of African Unity;

    Considering the grave threat which the activities of mercenaries present to the independence, sovereignty, security territorial integrity and harmonious development of Member States of the Organization of African Unity;

    Concerned with the threat which the activities of mercenaries pose to the legitimate exercise of the right of African People under colonial and racist domination to their independence and freedom;

    Convinced that total solidarity and co-operation between Member States are indispensable for putting an end to the subversive activities of mercenaries in Africa;

    Considering that the resolutions of the UN and the OAU, the statements of attitude and the practice of a great number of States are indicative of the development of new rules of international law making mercenarism an international crime;

    Determined to take all necessary measures to eliminate from the African continent the scourge that mercenarism represents;

    Have agreed as follows:


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