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African Leaders Call for 'Silencing the Guns' at AU Summit

The Africa Union adopted a plan in 2013 to silence guns on the continent by the year 2020. Four years later the leaders signed off on a roadmap for practical implementation of the plan. Chairperson of the AU, President Cyril Ramamphosa of South Africa, stressed the need to control arms sales in order to minimize conflicts in the continent. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari urged African leaders to promote the implementation of arms control instruments and embargoes, to complement and consolidate the African peace and security architecture. AU leaders are expected to extend their year-end deadline for peace on the continent by another decade. African leaders also have officially chose January 1 as the date to begin implementing the mammoth African Continental Free Trade Area, which will see African countries begin trading amongst each other.

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