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Sirte 2005
  • African leaders vow to meet MDGs by 2015
    05 july 2005 22:45:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Union (AU) leaders Tuesday expressed determination to redouble their efforts at national, regional, continental and international levels to attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015. Full text...

  • AU body demands respect for Ivorian accords
    05 july 2005 22:30:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU)'s Peace and Security Council (PSC) has demanded that all signatories to the Pretoria accord and declarations as well as Ivorian parties should implement "in good faith and without delay" all the agreements concluded between them. Full text...

  • ACHPR report adopted at AU summit
    05 july 2005 22:02:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) summit Tuesday in Sirte, Libya, adopted the 18th annual report of the African Court for Human and People's Rights, a Banjul, Gambia-based institution. Full text...

  • AU body deplores hiccups in Darfur talks
    05 july 2005 21:45:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC) has expressed concern over the "uncompromising" attitude by some protagonists at the Darfur peace talks, adding that the situation slowed the pace of the negotiations underway in Abuja, Nigeria. Full text...

  • AU puts in place mechanism for Somali peace
    05 july 2005 21:29:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC) has decided to put in place, as quickly as possible, a follow-up mechanism for the socio- economic reconstruction of Somalia. Full text...

  • AU recommends creation of seed industry
    05 july 2005 21:09:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union summit has recommended the tapping of the continent's human and material resources to develop a seed industry that would ensure sustainable agricultural development and food security. Full text...

  • AU wants full ratification of children's charter
    05 july 2005 20:30:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Union (AU) leaders Tuesday appealed to member states to ratify the African Charter of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1990), noting that to date only 25 countries out of 53 have ratified the document. Full text...

  • Mozambique supports Blair's Africa Commission report
    05 july 2005 19:39:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Mozambique has expressed support for the report of the Commission for Africa, set up by British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Full text...

  • AU urges Africans to attend information summit
    05 july 2005 19:17:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union summit that closed Tuesday in the central Libyan town of Sirte has urged Africans to fully support and participate in the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) set for 16-18 November in Tunisia. Full text...

  • Sirte summit congratulates Blair
    05 july 2005 18:48:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union summit, whose proceedings ended in Sirte (Central Libya) Tuesday, has congratulated British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government for taking measures to support Africa's efforts to develop, reduce poverty and to create prosperity under the Commission for Africa's proposals. Full text...

  • Kadhafi insists on African government idea
    05 july 2005 18:24:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Tuesday restated the idea of an African government to accelerate the integration and unification process. Full text...

  • AU gets new committee on African integration
    05 july 2005 17:34:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The 5th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) has set up a new seven-member committee on the proposed creation of a United States of Africa, a thorny and controversial topic that dominated two days of deliberations here. Full text...

  • African leaders end summit in Sirte
    05 july 2005 14:39:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African heads of State Tuesday ended the 5th Ordinary Assembly of the African Union (AU) here after two days of closed-door deliberations on a range of continental and global issues, sources said. Full text...

  • Chissano shy about 'role model' status
    05 july 2005 13:26:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Stepping down from the Presidency in Africa is becoming a growing phenomenon and those acceding to this trend are labelled "role models" who occupy a status of reverence in the annals of African political history. Full text...

  • Mbeki leaves Tuesday for G8 summit in Gleneagles
    05 july 2005 12:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki currently in Sirte, Libya for the African Union summit is expected to depart Tuesday at the end of the summit for Gleneagles, Scotland ahead of the G-8 Summit scheduled 7-8 July. Full text...

  • ADB President harps on reforms in Africa
    05 july 2005 11:37:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Development Bank president, Omar Kabbaj has lamented that the inability to deepen and sustain socio-economic and political reforms constitute a central challenge facing African countries. Full text...

  • Japan earmarks $5bn health, development package
    05 july 2005 11:10:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Japan will provide "comprehensive" assistance amounting to $5 billion over the next five years starting 2005 to developing countries under its Health and Development Initiative, according to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. Full text...

  • AU summit postpones discussions on African government
    05 july 2005 10:30:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The fifth AU summit decided Monday night, at the end of its first day, to further study the idea of a continental government as submitted by Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Women miners petition AU for support
    05 july 2005 08:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Women miners grouped under the continental body known as the African Women in Mining Network have appealed to heads of state and government now meeting in Sirte, Libya to support them with capital and equipment. Full text...

  • NGO denounces obstacles to United States of Africa
    05 july 2005 08:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The obstacles which prevent immediate implementation of the project for the United States of Africa are institutional, according to Dr Reine Djuidje Kouam, chairperson of the young NEPAD members in Cameroon (YENEPADCAM). Full text...

  • PSC welcomes progress in Ivorian peace process
    05 july 2005 07:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Welcoming the progress made in the Côte d'Ivoire peace process, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has stressed the need for all Ivorian parties to abide by the Constitution of the country. Full text...

  • AU appeals for resources to support troops in Darfur
    05 july 2005 07:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Member States of the African Union (AU) have been asked to contribute resources, both financial and logistical, to support the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS). Full text...

  • PLO's Abbas wants AU involved in resolution of Middle East conflict
    04 july 2005 23:08:00
    Sirte- Libye (PANA) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas Monday in Sirte urged African leaders to set up a High Committee to support the Middle East peace process in line with UN Security Council resolution. Full text...

  • Annan announces UN Democracy Fund
    04 july 2005 22:17:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Secretary General Kofi Annan Monday announced the creation of a UN Democracy Fund to assist countries seeking to establish or strengthen their democratic systems. Full text...

  • AU chair says Libyan summit is "decisive step"
    04 july 2005 21:55:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Union chairperson Alpha Omar Konare has described the two-day summit of AU leaders that opened here on Monday as a "decisive step forward. Full text...

  • OIF chief Diouf, urges AU to defend Africa's interests
    04 july 2005 21:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the International Francophonie Organisation (OIF) Abdou Diouf, has called on the African Union (AU) to defend Africa's interests and ensure that the continent's voice is heard in the world. Full text...

  • Barroso calls for "ambitious" Euro-Africa pact
    04 july 2005 21:35:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Monday called for "an ambitious" Euro-Africa Pact that would reassess the principles and values that govern relations between the two continents. Full text...

  • Egypt is crossroad of civilisations, says academic
    04 july 2005 21:03:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Egypt is well placed to represent the interests of Africa as well as the Arab and Muslim worlds, according to Hicham Mourad, a political scientist and a lecturer at the University of Cairo in Egypt. Full text...

  • Ben Ali urges massive African presence at WSIS
    04 july 2005 20:36:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Monday called for top-level African participation at the World Summit for Information Society (WSIS), to be hosted by his country 16-18 November. Full text...

  • Arab League pledges funding for NEPAD
    04 july 2005 19:53:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Financial institutions and the private sector in the Arab world will contribute to the funding and implementation of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Amr Moussa, the Secretary General of the Arab League, pledged here Monday. Full text...

  • Kadhafi urges Africa to end cycle of failures
    04 july 2005 18:13:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi on Monday appealed to African countries to put an end to the cycle of failures that afflicted the defunct Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and which may also threaten the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Annan pats AU for addressing security challenges
    04 july 2005 17:38:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The leadership of the African Union (AU) Monday received kudos from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan for the able manner the organisation was tackling security challenges on the continent. Full text...

  • Obasanjo lauds Blair's initiative, nudges G8
    04 july 2005 17:27:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Nigerian President and African Union Chairman, Olusegun Obasanjo, Monday called for "serious" consideration of the root causes of Africa's socio-economic problems, and for action by the G-8 most industrialised nations due to meet in Gleneagles, Scotland, to assist the continent. Full text...

  • Arab League commends AU's evolving capacity
    04 july 2005 16:15:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa has said that despite the difficulties facing the African Union (AU), the organisation has "become a system capable" of dealing with the problems facing the continent. Full text...

  • Bozize, Gnassingbe attend African Union summit
    04 july 2005 15:53:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Newly-elected Presidents Francois Bozize of Central African Republic and Faure Gnassingbe of Togo were Monday welcomed into the ranks of African leaders at the 5th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State of the African Union convening 4-5 July in the central Libyan city of Sirte. Full text...

  • Annan optimistic Africa can reach MDGs by 2015
    04 july 2005 15:34:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African countries can achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 if the "long-promised global partnership is truly mobilised," UN secretary general Kofi Annan told African leaders at the onset of their 4-5 July summit in this Libyan city. Full text...

  • Nigeria complains of 'blackmail' over Taylor's asylum
    04 july 2005 14:39:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Union chairman and Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday complained before African leaders attending their 5th ordinary annual summit here of 'harassment and blackmail' from certain quarters of the international community over the asylum status Abuja granted to ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • African leaders continue to arrive in Sirte
    04 july 2005 11:32:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African heads of state and government continue to arrive here to participate in the 5th ordinary African Union (AU) summit, which opened Monday in Sirte, hometown of Libyan leader, Moammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Delegates at AU summit commend Sirte housing project
    04 july 2005 11:18:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Delegates, who are attending the fifth African Union summit and visiting Col. Full text...

  • President Kerekou leaves for AU summit
    04 july 2005 10:16:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese President Mathieu Kerekou left Cotonou Monday morning at the head of a high-level delegation for Sirte, Libya to participate in the 5th AU heads of state and government ordinary session, which opens Monday. Full text...

  • President Bashir to brief AU on national unity govt
    04 july 2005 10:08:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir will address the African Union summit on the political developments in Sudan, especially after the comprehensive peace agreement signed last January in Nairobi and ongoing efforts to form a broad-based government of national unity in the country, official sources said here Monday. Full text...

  • Seven speeches to mark opening session of AU Summit
    04 july 2005 09:41:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African leaders and foreign dignitaries are expected to deliver more than six speeches at a marathon opening session of the fifth African Union (AU) ordinary summit here Monday, AU Commission officials said. Full text...

  • AU Summit receives 58 decisions, 2 declarations, 1 resolution
    04 july 2005 09:11:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The 5th African Union (AU) Summit, which opens Monday in Sirte, the hometown of Col. Full text...

  • AU leaders set to open 5th ordinary summit in Sirte
    04 july 2005 07:59:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) were set to open their 5th ordinary summit on Monday in Sirte after most of them arrived here at the weekend. Full text...

  • Sirte Summit: Between slogans and political commitment
    03 july 2005 22:10:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- On their way to the Ouagadougou Conference Centre in Sirte (Libyan Jamahirya), African leaders were greeted by banners bearing messages and slogans seeking to influence the outcome of the two-day 5th African Union (AU) Summit opening here Monday. Full text...

  • African delegates admire "700-House Project" in Sirte
    03 july 2005 20:49:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Delegates attending the African Union (AU) meetings are admiring the "700-House project" in Sirte, Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi's home city. Full text...

  • 5 countries set to contribute 65% of AU budget
    03 july 2005 20:24:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The five leading "economic powers" of Africa, namely South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Egypt and Libya might soon become the major contributors to the African Union budget, financing as much as 65 % of the continental organisation's ordinary budget. Full text...

  • Libya, India hold bilateral talks in Sirte
    03 july 2005 19:35:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan Minister of External Relations and International Co-operation, Abderrahman Chalgham, held talks Saturday with visiting Indian Senior Minister for Foreign Affairs, Raw Ind Rejit, who brought a special message from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Libayn leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • European Commission chiefs off to AU Sirte summit
    03 july 2005 19:07:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Commission President José Manuel Durao Barroso, and the Commissioner in charge of Development and Humanitarian Assistance, Louis Michel, left Brussels Sunday for the African Union (AU) summit opening in the Libyan city of Sirte Monday. Full text...

  • FAO chief cautions on GMOs in Africa
    03 july 2005 18:51:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- UN food agency, FAO, Director General Jacques Diouf, said here Sunday the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Africa's agricultural sector was "not the priority" for achieving the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Full text...

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