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African Union extend trade powers after talks

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International trade, defence, and diplomacy will be the three areas to benefit from increased powers given to the African Union (AU) after weekend talks ended in an agreement to cooperate. The AU will become an authority body under a simplified structure, after diplomats addressed issues of sovereignty and division of resources and power in the 15-hour discussion. Despite some sharp discussions, the African states "eventually managed to reach common ground nonetheless" reported Jean-Marie Ehouzou, Foreign Minister for Benin. "I believe states are ready to drop a little bit of their sovereignty in favour of the authority." The draft will need to be written into the union's current constitution and ratified by 53 states. thus far it includes provisions for implementing a common defence policy and advocates a "common position of AU member states during international negotiations".

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