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Sirte 2009
  • AU: Nigeria hails new deal on African Authority
    03 july 2009 21:23:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Nigerian Vice President Jonathan Goodluck has hailed African leaders for agreeing to set up the Union Authority, noting that the Afri can Union Commission (AUC) would succeed in combating the resurgence of conflict s within the continent. Full text...

  • Bacai Sanha, Kumba Yala to contest Guinea-Bissau’s presidential run-off
    03 july 2009 21:19:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Malam Bacai Sanha, candidate of the African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde (PAIGC) and Kumba Yala,candi date of the of the Social Renovation Party (PRS) will contest the second round o f the presidential election in Guinea-Bissau, according to the National Commissio n of Elections (CNE). Full text...

  • Africa’s new centre of power to determine pace of continental unity
    03 july 2009 19:35:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African leaders gave themselves a deadline of 2010 to rati fy a new treaty authorizing the formation of an African Authority, headed by a P r esident, a Vice President and a cabinet of 10 Secretaries who would not have pow e rs equivalent to ministers, African foreign ministers said here Friday. Full text...

  • African leaders in landmark declaration to boost agriculture
    03 july 2009 17:42:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African leaders resolved to increase their investments in agriculture in an effort to move the continent from external food dependence, wh i ch has resulted in an increase in the cost of food imports coming to Africa, Sou t h African President Jacob Zuma said here Friday. Full text...

  • African leaders strike deal on AU Commission transformation
    03 july 2009 13:41:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African leaders have agreed on the creation of the African Union (AU) Authority, headed by a President and possessing an enhanced role to coordinate foreign affairs, trade and defence pol icies within the continent. Full text...

  • Africa can feed itself, says Kibaki
    03 july 2009 13:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki has declared that Africa ha s the potential to produce enough food to feed its estimated population of over 900 million people and have surplus for export, according to the Presidential Press Service (PPS). Full text...

  • Namibian leader urges Africa to end food importation
    02 july 2009 17:39:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Africa must move urgently to enhance agricultural efficien cy and reduce external dependence on food aid and imports through increased inve s tments in irrigation and proper land management policies, Namibian President Hif i kepunye Pohamba said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana supports efforts to push forward Africa's unity
    02 july 2009 16:12:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Atta Mills, supports the transform ation of the African Union Commission (AUC) into an Authority and hopes that a c o nsensus agreement will be reached on the issue during the heads of state meeting in Sirte, Libya, Foreign Minister Muhammad Mumuni, said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Executive Council stalemated over AU Commission transformation
    02 july 2009 13:14:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Disagreement over the transformation of the African Union (AU) Commission into an Authority has stalled the work of the AU Executive Council, even though the Heads of state and government summit entered the second day in Sirte, Libya, Thursday. Full text...

  • African traditional rulers urge AU leaders to aim at African unity
    01 july 2009 20:15:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African traditional rulers, attending the AU summit in Sir te, Libya, on Wednesday appealed to African leaders to direct their energies to c onsolidating the continent’s political unity. Full text...

  • Zuma in Libya for AU Summit 2009
    01 july 2009 19:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Jacob Zuma is attending the 21st Summit of NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) which kicked off in Sirte, Libya, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN chief tells Africa to capitalize on new climate change talks
    01 july 2009 16:36:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African countries must capitalize on the ongoing discussio ns on a new climate change agreement to negotiate for new funding commitments to fight climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a mes s age to the opening session of the African Union (AU) Summit here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Brazil spreads industrial influence to Africa
    01 july 2009 14:14:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Brazil, one of South America’s expanding economies, is pla nning to spread its growing industrial influence across Africa with projects ran g ing from industrial plants which will produce ethanol, motor-vehicle assembly pl a nts (in Mozambique) and a drug-manufacturing plant in Africa. Full text...

  • Upsurge in violent conflicts dominates AU summit opening
    01 july 2009 14:11:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The upsurge in violent conflicts in Africa over the last s ix months, culminating in the assassination of Guinea Bissau President Joao Bernado 'Nino' Vieira, the killings in Somalia and the increased insecurity in Darfur, Sudan, dominated the opening session of the African Union (AU) talks in Sirte, Libya, on Wednesday. Full text...

  • IGAD ministers pave way for military intervention in Somalia
    30 june 2009 16:15:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- East African foreign ministers have agreed on a series of new resolutions, paving the way for a regional military intervention in Somalia. Full text...

  • IGAD ministers pave way for military intervention in Somalia
    30 june 2009 16:03:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- East African foreign ministers have agreed on a series of new resolutions, paving the way for a regional military intervention in Somalia. Full text...

  • UN deputy chief to address AU summit in Libya
    30 june 2009 15:25:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, will addres s the 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU), scheduled for 1-3 July, in Sirte, Libya. Full text...

  • AU: Transformation of AU sparks debate
    29 june 2009 21:16:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The issue of the transformation of the African Union (AU) into an Authority is expected to be top of the agenda at the proceedings of the A U Executive Board, which opened on Sunday in Sirte, Libya, official sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • AU: Transformation of AU sparks off debate
    29 june 2009 21:14:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The issue of the transformation of the African Union (AU) into an Authority is expected to be top of the agenda at the proceedings of the A U Executive Board, which opened on Sunday in Sirte, Libya, official sources told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • Kenya's Kibaki appeals for AU intervention in Somalia
    29 june 2009 20:08:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki will Tuesday depart for Sir te, Libya, for the 13th session of the African Union (AU) Heads of State Assembl y , slated for 1-3 July, during which he is expected to appeal for Africa's interv e ntion in Somalia to save the interim government there, officials said on Monday. Full text...

  • Africa seeks to tap US$ 33 billion from agricultural trade
    29 june 2009 19:13:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African leaders are expected to make a final commitment on the status of agricultural production and work towards the creation of an Afric a n food market to tap the US$ 33 billion spent annually on food imports, a senior African Union (AU) official said here Monday. Full text...

  • Group on Guinea denounces "lack of progress" towards constitutional order
    28 june 2009 18:43:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The International Contact Group on Guinea (GICG) has expressed its concern over the lack of progress towards the restoration of constitutional order and the holding of elections in Guinea in 2009, according to a GICG statement made available to PANA here Sunday. Full text...

  • 600,000 Bissau Guinean voters to elect president
    28 june 2009 14:30:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- At least 600,000 Bissau Guinean citizens were vot ing Sunday to elect a new leader, after the assassination of President Joao Bern a rdo Nino Vieira earlier this year. Full text...

  • AU: Gaddafi prods ministers to agree on Africa government plan
    28 june 2009 13:49:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi opened the 15th session of t he African foreign ministers meeting here Sunday with an explosive speech, calli n g for a radical transformation of the African Union (AU) key organs in an effort to achieve the desired dream of an African government. Full text...

  • AU: Report says member states in huge arrears
    27 june 2009 16:08:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) sub-committees have prepared a repo rt that paints an alarming picture of the state of subscriptions of member state s with debts in excess of US$120 million over the past two years. Full text...

  • Libya calls for African Defence Council
    27 june 2009 11:30:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) – Libya is asking the African -Union (AU) Assembly to include the establishment of an African Defence Council in the agenda of next month’s 1 3 th ordinary session, according to an official document of the AU obtained by PAN A on Saturday. Full text...

  • Human Rights Watch urges AU summit to focus on justice in Somalia, Chad
    26 june 2009 13:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The African Union should urge the United Nations Securit y Council to set up a commission of inquiry to document the worst human rights a b uses in Somalia, an essential first step in creating justice and accountability, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Full text...

  • African envoys weigh effects of AU transformation
    26 june 2009 12:33:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African envoys meeting to discuss the political and econom ic climate in the continent were due to end three days of discussions on the effects of transforming the African Union Commission into an Authority on Friday. Full text...



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