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Addis Abeba 2009
  • 'Only 2 countries have ratified African charter on democracy'
    03 february 2009 13:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Only two African Union (AU) member countries - Ethiopia and Mauritania - have ratified the African Charter on democracy, elections and governance while 26 others have neither signed nor ratified the document, an official source told PؤNA here on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN chief insists Sudanese leader must face war crime charges
    02 february 2009 18:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has asked the Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir to cooperate fully with the Internat i onal Criminal Court (ICC) decision on the war crimes charges on Darfur and urged him to immediately guarantee civilian protection in Darfur. Full text...

  • Kikwete calls for special fund for AU chairman’s expenses
    02 february 2009 15:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Outgoing chairman of the African Union (AU), Tanz anian President Jakaya Kikwete, Monday called for the setting up a special fund t o underwrite the chairman’s travel experiences. Full text...

  • Gaddafi pledges to reform AU top political post
    02 february 2009 13:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi assumed the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) on Monday, and immediately pledged to work towards reforming the post before relinquishing control. Full text...

  • Kikwete appeals to African leaders to shun power greed
    02 february 2009 11:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Monday appealed to African leaders to restrain from seeking greater political power and influence for themselves, while urging them to focus on improving Africa's economic status. Full text...

  • Libyan leader is new AU chairman
    02 february 2009 11:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi Monday assumed the chairmanship of the African Union, as African leaders meet here to discuss pressing continental matters. Full text...

  • Sudan backs AU draft resolution on Darfur war crime trials
    01 february 2009 16:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sudan will support a draft resolution currently before African heads of state for the suspension of the arrest warrant against President Omar el-Bashir in favour of an African Union-led justice system. Full text...

  • Australia donates US$2m to Kenya
    01 february 2009 10:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Australia has donated humanitarian assistance worth US$2 million to mitigate the current food crisis facing Kenya, the Kenyan government said in a statement here. Full text...

  • New Somali leader attends AU summit
    01 february 2009 09:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Hours after being sworn into office, newly-elected President of Somalia Sheikh Sharrif Sheikh Ahmed arrived here on Sunday to attend the 1-3 February, 12th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • 10th Peer Evaluation Mechanism summit begins in Addis Ababa
    31 january 2009 19:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 10th summit of the Peer Evaluation Mechanism (MAEP) began Saturday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with several African heads of st a te in attendance, according to a PANA report, The summit is expected to focus on the Panel of Eminent Personalities and financ es for the structure. Full text...

  • Sudan reaffirms commitment for continental government
    30 january 2009 23:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar El-Bashir on Friday reasserted the commitment of his country to the immediate setting up of an African federal government. Full text...

  • AU foreign minisers agree three options for federal government
    30 january 2009 23:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) foreign ministers on Friday received the Commission's analysis report in Addis Ababa, which outlined three different patterns for the setting up of a continental government, the Senegalese Senior Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio told PANA. Full text...

  • Kings, Sultans urge AU to proclaim federal government
    30 january 2009 21:19:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Forum of the kings, sultans, princes, sheiks and African traditional chiefs have urged African leaders who meet from Sunday in Addis Ababa, to proclaim a federal government for the continent. Full text...

  • African leaders look to Obama for industrial takeoff
    30 january 2009 18:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African leaders must prepare an action plan on ho w they would like the new United States President Barack Obama to help broker a g lobal trade agreement during their meeting here Sunday, African Union's Commissi o ner for Trade Elizebeth Tankeu said here Friday. Full text...

  • Mauritian delegation to attend 12th AU Summit in Ethiopia
    30 january 2009 15:48:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) – Deputy Prime Minist-er Rashid Beebeejaun will lead the Mauritian delegation to the 12th African Union (AU) Summit due in Addis Aba b a, Ethiopia, 1-3 February, PANA learnt here Friday. Full text...

  • 14th session of AU Executive Board starts in Addis Ababa
    29 january 2009 14:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Foreign ministers of African Union (AU) member co untries Thursday began in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, their 14th ordinar y session, aimed at preparing for the 12th Summit of Heads of State and Governmen t of the pan-African organisation. Full text...

  • Senegalese FM seeks decisive AU summit on African federal government
    28 january 2009 14:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Senegalese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Cheikh Tidiane Gadio, declared here Tuesday that his country would wish that African l e aders should come clear about the formation of an African federal government whe n they meet at the summit of the African Union (AU) slated for February in Addis A baba, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • 8 countries default on contributions to AU for 2 years
    28 january 2009 09:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Eight African countries have not paid their statutory contributions to the African Union (AU) for at least two years, an AU subcommittee noted in a report to the Permanent Representatives Committee, meeting here ahead of next week's AU summit. Full text...

  • AU in dilemma over Zimbabwe's representation at summit
    27 january 2009 11:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) said here Tuesday that it was yet to decide on who will be accredited to represent Zimbabwe at the 12th summit billed to start in the Ethiopian capital on 1 February. Full text...

  • AU's 12th summit crucial for Africa - Ping
    26 january 2009 11:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Chairman of the African Union Commission (AUC), Mr. Full text...

  • AU Reps. Committee brainstorms on financial issues
    26 january 2009 11:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 17th ordinary session of the Permanent Representative Committee (PRC) of the African Union (AU) began here on Monday, ahead of the 12th heads of state and government summit, with the theme: "Infrastructure development in Africa. Full text...



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