The objectives of this Pact are:
to promote cooperation among the Member States in the areas of non-aggression and common defence,
to promote peaceful co-existence in Africa,
to prevent conflicts of inter-State or intra-State nature, and
to ensure that disputes are resolved by peaceful means.
In pursuance of these objectives, this Pact seeks to define a framework under which the Union may intervene or authorise intervention, in preventing or addressing situations of aggression, in conformity with the Constitutive Act, the Protocol and the Common African Defence and Security Policy;
Consequently, any aggression or threat of aggression against any of the Member States shall be deemed to constitute a threat or aggression against all Member States of the Union.