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Africa Holds 'Silence the Guns' Summit as New Conflicts Grow

Africa Holds 'Silence the Guns' Summit as New Conflicts Grow – Agence France-Presse

The annual African Union summit opened Sunday with leaders vowing that the AU would play a more prominent role in resolving conflicts proliferating across the continent.

The theme of the two-day summit is "Silencing the Guns.”

The focus on conflicts marks a departure from years of debate centered on reforming the AU -- including its funding structure -- and the implementation of a continent-wide free trade area.

In his opening remarks to assembled heads of state Sunday, AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat painted a bleak picture of the continent's security situation, citing "terrorism, intercommunal conflict and pre- and post-election crises.”…

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