According to its founding treaty, the aims of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) are strengthening the ties of brotherhood which link the member states and their peoples to one another, achieving progress and prosperity of their societies and defending their rights, contributing to the preservation of peace based on justice and equity, pursuing a common policy in different domains, and working gradually towards achieving free movement of persons and transfer of services, goods and capital among them.
Treaty Instituting the Arab Maghreb Union
The Treaty Instituting the Arab Maghreb Union, signed in February 1989, calls for the strengthening of all ties among its member states, including the preservation of peace based on justice and equity. Article 14 states that “any act of aggression against any of the member countries will be considered as an act of aggression against the other member countries,” but provides no definition of what would constitute aggression. Common defence and non-interference in the domestic affairs of the member states are important aspects of the treaty but they have not been translated into practice.