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Banjul 2006
  • AU leaders suspend recognition of new RECs
    02 july 2006 21:26:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- African leaders rounded off their 7th bi-annual summit in Banjul, the Gambia, Sunday with a decision to suspend, until further notice, the recognition of new Regional Economic Commissions (RECs). Full text...

  • Kadhafi meets Gambian female actresses
    02 july 2006 18:34:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi has held a meeting with Gambian female actresses who visited his residence here to welcome him to the Gambia and express pride about his visit to their country. Full text...

  • AU summit decides to try Hissène Habré in Senegal
    02 july 2006 18:12:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – African heads of state mee-ting here Sunday decided to try former Chadian president Hissène Habré in Senegal, President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has disclosed. Full text...

  • No breakthrough on UN troops deployment to Darfur
    02 july 2006 16:55:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- A meeting between UN Secretary- General Kofi Annan and Sudan's President Omar el-Bashir Sunday failed to break the deadlock on the planned deployment of UN troops to Sudan's western Darfur region. Full text...

  • Japan assures on commitments to Africa
    02 july 2006 16:21:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has assured that Japan will meet the commitments it made to Africa, including support for Darfur peace efforts, NEPAD and measures against infectious diseases. Full text...

  • Steering committee member defends NEPAD
    02 july 2006 13:52:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- A member of the NEPAD (New Partnership fpr Africa's Development) Steering Committee, Isaac Aluko-Olokun, has said the programme is "alive and kicking" despite a growing criticism of its effectiveness. Full text...

  • Malawi President charts route to faster integration
    02 july 2006 13:34:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has suggested ways to make the Regional Economic Commissions (RECs) more effective in order to fast-track African integration. Full text...

  • Konare deplores AU States attitude on key protocols
    02 july 2006 10:22:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- About a dozen protocols signed by most of the African Union (AU) member States have not been ratified by these countries, AU Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare has observed. Full text...

  • Jammeh urges African integration to fast track development
    01 july 2006 21:25:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) - – Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Saturday called for African integration so as to fully harness the continent's natural resources for the benefit of its people. Full text...

  • Annan hosts mini-summit on Cote d'Ivoire in Banjul
    01 july 2006 20:30:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Saturday hosted a mini-summit on Cote d'Ivoire, on the sidelines of the 7th AU Summit in Banjul, the Gambia. Full text...

  • African leaders mark 25th anniversary of rights charter
    01 july 2006 20:20:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- African leaders meeting in Banjul Saturday organised a special session to mark the 25th anniversary of the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights. Full text...

  • AU chair calls for actions rather than speeches
    01 july 2006 20:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) - – African Union (AU) current chairperson, Congolese President, Denis Sassou Nguesso said Saturday in Banjul that time had come to shift from speeches to actions. Full text...

  • Kadhafi leaves hall before AU summit opens
    01 july 2006 19:59:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Commission on 'United States of Africa' project meets
    01 july 2006 19:51:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Leader Moammar Kadhafi participated in the meeting of the "seven-member" commission set by the African ordinary summit in Sirte (Libya) in order to take actrions toward implementation of Libya's proposals for the formation of the United States of Africa. Full text...

  • Presidents of Sudan, Chad embrace at AU summit
    01 july 2006 19:00:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Hassan El Beshir and his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby embraced each other on Saturday in Banjul in the presence of Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi, who brought them together again in his continuous initiatives to smoothen relations between Sudan and Chad. Full text...

  • AU imposes sanctions on opponents of Darfur accord
    01 july 2006 18:48:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has decided to impose targeted sanctions, including travel ban and assets freeze, against all persons or groups undermining the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA) signed in Abuja last May, PANA has learnt. Full text...

  • Chavez proposes South-South cooperation at AU summit
    01 july 2006 15:52:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Saturday proposed four areas of cooperation among the peoples of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in the spirit of South- South cooperation. Full text...

  • Presidents of Iran, Venezuela attend AU Summit
    01 july 2006 14:44:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela were among foreign observers attending the 7th AU Summit which opened in Banjul, the Gambia, Saturday. Full text...

  • Annan to press G8 leaders on Africa commitments
    01 july 2006 13:37:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan assured Saturday that he would pressure G8 leaders, due to meet in Russia in two weeks, to honour the commitments they made to Africa in their last meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, last year. Full text...

  • Annan urges Africa to build on development momentum
    01 july 2006 13:27:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Saturday urged Africa to develop a "comprehensive strategy for the future" so the continent can build on the progress it has already achieved. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives dignitaries in Banjul
    01 july 2006 13:16:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Ahead of the African Union (AU) summit in Banjul, Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Burundians make permanent peace a determination
    30 june 2006 23:45:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Burundi is "resolutely committed to turn the page on the crisis", Burundian minister of External relations and International Cooperation, Antoinette Batumubwira said here Thursday. Full text...

  • African leaders urged to press G8 to fulfil pledges
    30 june 2006 23:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African leaders meeting in Banjul, the Gambian capital from Saturday should press the Group of Eight (G8) to make good the promises they made at their summit in Gleneagles, Scotland last year, especially on tackling poverty in Africa, a group of civil society organisations said here Friday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso for an empowering of RECs
    30 june 2006 23:00:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Burkinabe minister of foreign affairs and regional cooperation, Yousssouf Ouédraogo, Friday called for greater empowerment of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) to help them better organise and coordinate their activities. Full text...

  • Kenya, Rwanda peer reviewed in Banjul
    30 june 2006 22:28:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- The 5th summit of the African Peer Review (APR) forum ended in Banjul, the Gambia, Friday with a successful review of Kenya and Rwanda. Full text...

  • Rights group seeks clear decision on Habre trial
    30 june 2006 21:50:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) Friday hailed the three-point recommendation by an AU panel on the trial of former Chadian leader Hissene Habre, who is exiled in Senegal, but is wanted in Belgium for alleged rights violation and war crimes. Full text...

  • Kagame leaves for AU summit in Banjul
    30 june 2006 20:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame left Kigali Friday for Banjul to attend the African Union (AU) 1-2 July summit in the Gambian capital. Full text...

  • Govt insists on Togolese refugees to return home
    30 june 2006 20:31:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Togolese minister of Foreign Affairs and African Integration, Zarifou Ayéva, on Friday urged his compatriots who fled to other countries in the sub-region as refugees to return home and contribute to the development of their country. Full text...

  • Iranian President preaches Muslim unity, solidarity
    30 june 2006 18:39:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Visiting Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadi-Nejad, made a strong call here Friday for unity and solidarity among Muslims, saying that Islam abhorred division among its adherents. Full text...

  • Kabbah off to AU Summit in Banjul
    30 june 2006 18:21:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leonean President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah left here Friday with an eight-member delegation for the African Union (AU) summit opening in Banjul, the Gambia Saturday. Full text...

  • AU highlights efforts to fast-track African integration
    30 june 2006 12:57:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- African Integration Ministers and the Regional Economic Commissions (RECs) are seeking greater roles in efforts to quicken Africa's economic, social and political integration, an AU Commissioner said here. Full text...

  • Obasanjo charges on NEPAD-AU integration
    30 june 2006 12:43:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo Friday expressed the hope that the proposed integration of NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development) into the African Union would "protect and retain the ability of both to perform in unison". Full text...

  • Compaore to participate in AU Banjul summit
    30 june 2006 11:31:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkinabe Presi-dent Blaise Compaore will take part in the 7th African Union ordinary summit taking place in Banjul, the Gambian capital, 1-2 July, a statement from the presidency announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Western Sahara remains sticky issue for AU
    30 june 2006 11:03:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – Member states of the Afric-an Union (AU) remain divided on the draft resolution on the Western Sahara submitted to the Union's Executive Council during its two-day meeting that ended Thursday in Banjul, the Gambia. Full text...

  • Burundian VP to attend AU summit in Banjul
    30 june 2006 10:17:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian Vice President Martin Nduwimana will represent the country at the 1-2 July African Union (AU) summit in Banjul, the Gambia, official sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • Benin committed to peace consolidation in Africa - Envoy
    30 june 2006 09:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Benin remains resolutely committed to contributing to the African Union's efforts to prevent and resolve conflicts on the continent, the country's envoy to the AU in Addis Ababa has said. Full text...

  • Leaders arriving for AU Banjul summit
    30 june 2006 09:15:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- A number of African heads of state Thursday arrived here to attend the two-day African Union (AU) summit scheduled for 1-2 July, government officials said Friday. Full text...

  • Signs of divergences in the African Union
    29 june 2006 21:47:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) – African Union (AU) Commiss-ion Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare said on Wednesday in Banjul that he was disheartened by the Commission on the opening of the 9th session of the cabinet meeting of the Pan-African organisation. Full text...

  • AI seeks action against Janjawid attacks in Chad
    29 june 2006 19:37:00
    Banjul- The Gambia, (PANA) -- London-based rights group Amnesty International (AI) has urged African leaders to "act firmly" to stop attacks on civilians in Chad by the Arab Janjawid militias from neighbouring Sudan. Full text...

  • S/Leone recommends ECOWAS example for African integration
    29 june 2006 16:12:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Foreign Minister Momodu Koroma, Thursday expressed the hope that efforts by ECOWAS to integrate the West African sub-region could form a pillar for Africa's integration. Full text...

  • Konare meets Chinese delegation on Sino-African summit
    29 june 2006 15:20:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- A 10-member Chinese delegation met here Thursday with the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konare, on the forthcoming Africa-China summit. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Mosisili meet on AU Banjul summit
    29 june 2006 12:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi and Lesotho Prime Minister Pakilitha Bethuel Mosisili held talks here Wednesday night on the 7th African Union summit scheduled for 1-2 July in Banjul, The Gambia. Full text...

  • African diplomatic passport goes into use soon
    29 june 2006 12:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- An African diplomatic passport will become reality in the not too distant future, the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, has announced here. Full text...

  • Wade, Kadhafi discuss 7th AU summit
    29 june 2006 10:01:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi have held talks here on issues on the agenda of the 7th African Union summit scheduled for 1-2 July in Banjul, the Gambian capital. Full text...

  • De La Palme to represent France at AU Banjul summit
    29 june 2006 09:17:00
    Paris- France (PANA) – French Foreign minister Philippe Douste-- Blazy has designated Nathalie de La Palme, his diplomatic adviser, to represent France at the African Union (AU) summit slated for 1-2 July in Banjul, The Gambia. Full text...

  • OATU challenges African leaders on poverty, integration
    28 june 2006 22:14:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- Secretary General of the Accra-based Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATU), Hassan Sunmonu, has listed the eradication of poverty and the full integration of Africa as some of the main issues that should attract the attention of African leaders, billed to meet in Banjul, the Gambia, 1-2 July. Full text...

  • AI urges AU, UN to protect civilians in eastern Chad
    28 june 2006 19:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As leaders of the African Union prepare for their summit in Gambia and the UN Security Council discusses the deployment of UN peacekeepers in Darfur, Amnesty International is seeking urgent action by the international community to protect civilians in eastern Chad from cross-border attacks originating in Sudan. Full text...

  • Senegalese President in Libya
    28 june 2006 18:51:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, fresh from an Asian visit to China and Iran, arrived here Wednesday and was due to discuss with the Libyan leader, Colonel Moammar Kadhafi, the agenda of the 1-2 July AU summit in Banjul, official sources said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Selective immigration, unacceptable, says AU Commission chair
    28 june 2006 17:26:00
    Banjul- The Gambia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Alpha Oumar Konare, Wednesday here described selective immigration as "a brain drain we (Africa) cannot accept". Full text...

  • Kibaki off to AU Banjul summit
    28 june 2006 15:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki left here Wednesday for Banjul, the Gambia, to attend the 7th African Union (AU) Summit of Heads of State and Government. Full text...

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