West Africa: Union for Twelve

In steamy, sleepy Yaounde, little jungle capital of Cameroun, leaders of a dozen new nations* of former French Africa conferred for two days, then proclaimed themselves a new economic unit, to be known as the Afro-Malagasy Economic Union. The new union will have a common customs pact, a common airline (Air Afrique) and closely linked foreign policies. Committees are already at work on vague plans for a joint diplomatic corps to represent them all abroad (but not at the U.N., where each will have its delegation) and for a coordinated military defense system. They will all continue their loose ties...

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