UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Kofi Annan warned the Security Council on Thursday of potentially disastrous consequences from "overt military adventurism" as some African governments send troops across their borders to fight.
Annan's remarks concluded a briefing he delivered on Africa's most troublesome conflicts. He urged governments to begin addressing the destabilizing trend before it spreads further.
"The interrelationship between a number of these conflicts is a new and very worrying trend," he told the council's 15 members. "It is even possible to find soldiers from the same army fighting in conflicts in more than one country at the same time."
These deployments may, if unchecked, have "disastrous consequences" for states in a large part of the continent, Annan said.
He said that in Sierra Leone, rebel forces killed more than 3,000 people and burned much of Freetown, the capital, in January. In Angola, where two U.N. planes were shot down, killing 23 people, international organizations, he said, will press to conduct a comprehensive investigation of the crashes.