African Union has warned that the continent risks becoming a battleground for competing big power interests.

Its commission chairman, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said Africa must resist consequences of intensifying global rivalries that he said threatened to create a new Cold War.

China, Russia, and United States have all sent their top diplomats to Africa this year and Ukraine’s foreign minister is currently on a mission there.

The chairman’s warning was given on the sixtieth anniversary of the formation of African Union’s predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity.