Five North African states formed a joint parliament over the weekend as part of plans for a common market stretching from the Atlantic to the eastern Mediterranean. Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia founded the Arab Maghreb Union in February to promote political and economic integration and meet the challenge of the single market due to be set up by the European Community in 1992.

The union's charter called for the establishment of a 50-member Consultative Assembly composed of 10 parliamentarians from each state.

The parliament's founding session Saturday urged cooperation in the fields of education, culture, information and economic joint ventures.

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