Politics - African Union
  • Mauritius: AU renews support to Mauritius on Chagos Archipelago
    31 january 2017 18:54:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Heads of State and Government of the African Union on Tuesday adopted a resolution renewing the support of the Continent to Mauritius on the Chagos Archipelago in its dispute with the UK, PANA learnt from official sources in the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'Mauritius to examine AU’s recommendations on elections'
    13 november 2015 12:11:15
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth has said that the government will examine the recommendations made by the African Union Observer Mission on the National Assembly Elections held on 10 December 2014. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls Burkina Faso coup null and void
    17 september 2015 17:49:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has dismissed the coup in Burkina Faso as an affront on the political transition in the West African nation, saying it was null and void, coming as the country approached the end of months of a fragile process to return to civil democratic rule. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU Commissioner for Development to attend AU Summit
    29 january 2014 10:09:16
    Brussells, Belgium (PANA) - EU Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs will attend the African Union (AU) Summit due to open Thursday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the EU said in a statement obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU Commission extols Mandela’s virtues
    08 december 2013 13:08:11
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – The African Union Commission (AUC) has paid tribute to the heritage of former South African president Nelson Mandela, particularly his struggle for democracy, freedom and equality throughout the continent. Full text...

  • Pressure mounts on African members not to withdraw from ICC (PANA News Analysis)
    09 october 2013 10:02:51
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Ahead of Saturday's extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) on the International Criminal Court (ICC), pressure is mounting on the continental body not to approve the withdrawal of the 34 AU members that have ratified the Rome Treaty that established the court. Full text...

  • Sudan commends AU for realisation of peace in the country
    22 may 2013 20:28:39
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has sent representatives of 35 civil society organizations, known as the Sudan National Group on Human Rights, to take part in the events marking the 50th anniversary of the African Union (AU), apart from the official delegation that will be headed by the Head of state, General Omar Al Bashir. Full text...

  • AU says it 'understands' Malawi's constraint in hosting Summit
    22 june 2012 13:47:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has expressed its understanding for the constraint faced by Malawi, which recently gave up the hosting rights of July's AU Summit instead of inviting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Full text...

  • Mauritius signs African Charter on public service
    15 september 2011 13:35:41
    Balaclava, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Thursday signed the African Charter on the values and principles of public service and administration of the African Union (AU), becoming the 14th signatory. Full text...

  • AU Summit: Kiir says lasting peace top priority in South Sudan
    31 january 2011 15:52:22
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Building a sustainable and lasting peace for the Sudanese people remains the top priority of the parties to the January 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), the First Vice President of Sudan and President of the Government of Southern Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit, stated here Monday. Full text...

  • Angolan President meets Namibian counterpart
    31 january 2011 13:03:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos Monday met with his Namibian counterpart, Lucas Pohamba, on the sidelines of the 16th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) holding in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia . Full text...

  • AU Summit: Assembly awaits Senegal's report on Hissene Habre's trial
    29 january 2011 11:32:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government will, here Sunday, listen to what Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade intends to do about the long-awaited trial of exiled ex-president Hissene Habre of Chad, the Director of the Office of Legal Counsel at the AU Commission, Ben Kioko, said here Saturday. Full text...

  • AU sets up panel to resolve Ivorian crisis (Corrected)
    29 january 2011 09:26:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Reaffirming its previous decisions on the post-election crisis in Cote d'Ivoire, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has set up a high-level panel to resolve the crisis in a way that would preserve democracy and peace in the West African country. Full text...

  • AU rejects Zimbabwe bid to repeal African elections Charter
    28 january 2011 18:34:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers and the African Union Commission Friday rejected Zimbabwe’s efforts to block debate on the most progressive continental law on democracy and elections, which remains largely unimplemented since its adoption in 2007, PANA reported. Full text...

  • SA opposition party opposes Sudan as AU chair
    17 january 2006 08:25:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the South African government to "do all in its power to stop the untenable situation" where Sudan will assume the chairmanship of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • AU Summit: African NGOs want Habré face trial
    16 january 2006 13:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Thirty-four leading civil society groups from across Africa Monday urged African leaders to recommend the extradition of the former Chadian leader Hissène Habré to Belgium, where he is wanted to face trial for crimes against humanity, or to arrange his prompt and fair trial in Africa. Full text...

  • Tripoli urges peaceful conflict settlement in Africa
    27 december 2005 23:48:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya has reminded member states of the African Union (AU) to uphold their commitments not to resort to other means than those set by the AU to resolve conflicts and political disagreements,. Full text...

  • Museveni believes Uganda must defend itself
    04 march 2004 10:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Embattled Ugandan ruler, Yoweri Museveni has rejected proposed offers of international armed intervention to help quell the 18-year rebel war in the northern region, saying the offer will undermine the capability of Uganda to defend itself. Full text...

  • Seychelles to ratify AU Peace and Security Council protocol
    14 december 2003 20:26:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Seychelles Foreign Ministry has announced that the country would soon ratify the protocol for the creation of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), an official source has said. Full text...

  • Namibia ratifies AU peace, security council protocol
    10 december 2003 12:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The protocol on the proposed Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) needs four more ratifications to enter into force, the AU Commission announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU announces Vieira de Mello human rights award
    10 december 2003 10:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union Commission intends to launch, in collaboration with the UN High Commission for Human Rights, a Sergio Vieira de Mello Human Rights Advocates Award, Alpha Oumar Konare, AU Commission chairperson, announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Chissano to attend change of guard at AU Commission
    07 september 2003 10:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim A. Full text...

  • AU welcomes resignation of Liberian President Taylor
    11 august 2003 14:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor's decision to bow out of office and leave the war-torn West African country would be "scrupulously" respected, said Amara Essy, Interim Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union. Full text...

  • Gambia supports Mali for AU Commission chair
    15 may 2003 08:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has expressed willingness to support Mali's bid for the chairmanship of the African Union Commission (AU), the Malian Ambassador to Banjul said. Full text...

  • Libya deposits ratified protocol for African Union Parliament
    07 november 2002 17:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Libyan government has become the ninth AU Member State to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to the Pan-African Parliament. Full text...

  • Social scientist calls for people-driven African Union
    28 august 2002 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African rights activist Pierre Sane has called for a people-driven African Union, saying the continental integration project enunciated in July would not be realised if it is not people-driven. Full text...

  • Egyptian diplomat wants economic dimension in AU
    23 may 2002 23:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) should play a centre-stage economic role to help African countries move rapidly towards social progress, the Egyptian Ambassador to France, Ali Maher Al Sayed said in Paris Thursday. Full text...

  • Essy says OAU transformation into African Union on course
    22 may 2002 23:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Amara Essy on Wednesday said plans to transform the OAU into the African Union are on course and the AU will be launched as scheduled at the forthcoming OAU summit in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • OAU council of ministers sets tone for July summit
    16 march 2002 13:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 75th ordinary session of the OAU council of ministers ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Friday after adopting recommendations on a development formula for Africa, Afro-Arab co-operation and on Palestine. Full text...

  • SADC's summit will also discuss ways to fund African Union
    11 january 2002 19:52:00
    Blantyre- Malawi, PANA - The African Union (AU) is- to begin its operations in July this year, Southern African Development Community (SADC) Deputy Executive Secretary Albert Muchanga said at a news conference Friday in Blantyre. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe approves African Union rights protocol
    05 december 2001 11:44:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government Wednesday approved an African Union (AU) protocol establishing an African Human and People's Rights Court. Full text...

  • Obasanjo urges Essy to move African Economic Community
    04 september 2001 18:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday received the in-coming Secretary-General of the African Union, Amara Essy in the State House, Abuja, and urged him to get on with forging a strong and viable continent-wide economic community. Full text...

  • Ben Ali pleased with creation of African Union
    04 august 2001 15:55:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has described the birth of the African Union as a major achievement which paves the way for new forms of efficient co-operation and adjustment to globalisation. Full text...

  • Zambia consults OAU secretariat on experts' meetings
    01 august 2001 08:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has begun consulting the OAU secretariat in Addis Ababa on arrangements for a series of technical committee meetings that would give shape to the main structure of the African Union. Full text...

  • Movement sees dictatorship as hindrance to African Union
    30 july 2001 16:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Secretary-General of the Kampala-based Pan-African Movement, Tajudeen Abdulrahim, says African leaders with dictatorial tendencies pose the greatest threat to the African Union, endorsed at the 37th Summit of the OAU in Lusaka, Zambia, two weeks ago. Full text...

  • South African opposition urges broader base for union bid
    30 july 2001 15:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Sunday warned against leaving the rebirth of democracy and good governance, free trade and growth in Africa exclusively to an elite of leaders and African nationalists. Full text...

  • Rabat reiterates conditions for membership with AU
    28 july 2001 15:54:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco has reiterated its refusal to be part of the African Union as long as the Sarahouie Arab Democratic Republic is recognised as a member of the continental body. Full text...

  • American welcomes AU, but urges leaders to go beyond words
    25 july 2001 17:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An American journalist has described as "positive" the decision by African leaders to launch the African Union, but warns that their commitment should go beyond lip-service. Full text...

  • OAU's new Secretary General visits Tripoli
    18 july 2001 18:26:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Newly elected OAU Secretary General, Amara Essy met in Tripoli Wednesday with Libyan Deputy African Unity Minister in charge of Information and Culture, Said Hefyana, for talks on the emerging African Union. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reaps moral windfall from OAU summit
    16 july 2001 16:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- He never took to the podium, or officially spoke, but Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reaped a huge moral and political windfall from last week's OAU summit in Zambia. Full text...

  • Gabonese President man of the Lusaka OAU summit
    13 july 2001 22:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Many might have betted on Col. Full text...

  • Publications shed light on African Union
    13 july 2001 17:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- After decades of debate, posturing and grappling, the African Union is here. Full text...

  • African Integration Observatory hails Amara Essy
    13 july 2001 16:56:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Observatory for the total unity and integration of Africa (OUITA) has congratulated Amara Essy on his election as OAU Secretary General, hoping that he would "turn the prestige acquired by Cote d'Ivoire into an asset". Full text...

  • French-speaking Africa to back Lopes' candidacy
    13 july 2001 16:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Leaders of French-speaking Africa have decided to back the candidacy of Henri Lopes (Congo) for the post of secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie, reliable sources in Lusaka said. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition parties welcome Amara Essy's election
    11 july 2001 22:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian opposition parties - Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI-RDA) and the Rally of Republicans (RDR) - Wednesday welcomed Tuesday's election of the country's former Foreign Minister Amara Essy as the new OAU Secretary-General. Full text...

  • Kabila, Kagame meet as Kinshasa-Kigali tension eases
    11 july 2001 20:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Presidents Joseph Kabila of DR Congo and Paul Kagame of Rwanda met Tuesday in Lusaka, Zambia on the sidelines of the 37th OAU summit, reliable sources affirmed. Full text...

  • Wade on Morocco's absence from the African Union
    11 july 2001 20:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade says "it is unthinkable that Morocco is not a member" of the newly proclaimed African Union. Full text...

  • New OAU Secretary General defends Kadhafi
    11 july 2001 19:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Organisation of African Unity's new Secretary General Amara Essy on Wednesday quashed allegations that the Libyan leader, Moammar Kadhafi, was all out to dominate the continent. Full text...

  • Anti-weapons group seeks African commitment
    11 july 2001 19:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Chairman of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Abdulhalim Babo, has urged African leaders to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention, which came into force in April 1997. Full text...

  • Col. Kadhafi calls for the United States of Africa
    11 july 2001 18:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

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