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  • Gbagbo flies to Addis Ababa
    04 july 2004 21:06:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Sunday flew to Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, to attend the AU summit opening 6 to 8 July. Full text...

  • Ghanaian leader visits Libya on the way to Addis
    04 july 2004 19:42:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Kufuor on Sunday afternoon arrived in Tripoli for a working visit, sources said in the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • African leaders take turns holding talks with Kadhafi
    04 july 2004 18:59:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Musseveni had a phone conversation Sunday with the leader of the Libyan revolution, Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Algeria to host African meeting on terrorism
    04 july 2004 18:28:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- A second intergovernmental meeting of high-level experts on the African convention on the prevention and fight against terrorism is due 12-13 October in Algiers, Abdelkader Messahel, Algerian minister in charge of Maghrebi and African affairs, has said. Full text...

  • Kufuor leaves for AU summit in Ethiopia
    04 july 2004 17:54:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Kufuor left Accra Sunday for Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to attend the third ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) from 6 to 8 July. Full text...

  • Compaore leaves for AU summit in Addis Ababa
    04 july 2004 16:34:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkinabe leader Blaise Compaore left Ouagadougou Sunday for Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to attend the third African Union (AU) summit, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Hurdles persist on Burundi's road to peace
    04 july 2004 12:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Burundi's peace process has achieved unquestionable positive results both at the political and security levels, the African Union (AU) has acknowledged, though insisting that there were still hurdles to surmount. Full text...

  • AU Peace and Security Council discuss Darfur crisis
    04 july 2004 12:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 15 members of the recently constituted African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) met here Sunday, with the crisis in the western Sudan region of Darfur among priority issues on their agenda. Full text...

  • AU Peace and Security Council challenged on Cote d'Ivoire
    04 july 2004 11:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) which was launched last May has been urged to send a clear and unambiguous signal to the belligerents in the Ivorian conflict concerning the need for them to demonstrate the political will to steer the country out of the crisis. Full text...

  • DR Congo peace process still fragile, AU Commission warns
    04 july 2004 10:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The recent rebellion in eastern DR Congo was a clear proof of the extremely fragile nature of the transitional process in the country, according to a report of the African Union (AU) Commission released here Sunday. Full text...

  • AU Commission delineates hotbeds in Africa
    04 july 2004 09:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Southern and western Sudan, Somalia, the Comoros, Burundi, DR Congo, Central African Republic (CAR), Sao Tome and Principe, Equatorial Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Guinea-Bissau and Eritrea/Ethiopia have been identified by the Commission of the African Union as conflict resolution priorities in the bid for continental stability. Full text...

  • Sudanese rebel leader issues conditions for Darfur meeting
    03 july 2004 14:09:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- A senior member of western Sudan's rebel Movement for Justice and Equity, Ahmed Tujod has stated that it will only attend a meeting on the conflict in Darfur convened by African Union Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare after the disarmament of the pro-government Arab Janjaweed militias. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair convenes meeting on Darfur conflict
    03 july 2004 14:07:00
    N'djamena- Chad(PANA) -- Representatives of the Sudanese government and two rebel groups, the Movement for Justice and Equity (MJE) and the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) will hold direct political negotiations on 15 July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Alpha Oumar Konaré announced here Friday evening. Full text...

  • Rights body urges African Union to stem conflicts
    03 july 2004 10:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Three days before the 2004 African Union (AU) summit begins in Ethiopia, the New York-based Human Right Watch has urged the continental body to make the protection of civilians and fighting impunity for human rights abuses "central to its initiatives against conflicts in the region". Full text...

  • African Union Commission unveils audacious action plan
    02 july 2004 21:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union Commission's 2004-2007 plan of action will be among the highlights on the agenda of the third AU heads of state and government summit to be held from 6-8 July in the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Foreign minister to represent Seychelles at AU Summit
    02 july 2004 21:33:00
    Victoria- Seychelles (PANA) -- Foreign minister Jeremie Bonnelame will represent President James Alix Michel of Seychelles at the third African Union Summit scheduled 6-8 July in Addis Ababa, an official source announced here Friday. Full text...

  • AU Parliament fights for budget
    02 july 2004 21:22:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Tanzanian lawmaker Gertrude Mongella, who is speaker of the African Union Parliament, could leave Addis Ababa without securing an autonomous funding for the Pan-African parliament after her request for a $27-million budget for the next six months received no approval, sources close to the AU Executive Council revealed Friday. Full text...

  • AU's inadequate funding worries Mbeki
    02 july 2004 17:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As African leaders prepare to meet for the 3rd Assembly of the African Union next week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, South African President Thabo Mbeki Friday emphasised the importance of the summit to pay serious attention to the important matter of providing funds to enable the AU to function soundly. Full text...

  • AU commission chair outlines plans for Darfur
    02 july 2004 16:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In concert with its partners, the African Union (AU) is deploying resilient efforts to find a lasting solution to the crisis facing the Darfur region of western Sudan, according to AU Commission chair Alpha Omar Konare Friday here. Full text...

  • African Union action plan needs $600 annually
    02 july 2004 15:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Implementation of the 2004/2007 African Union Commission plan of action will need US$600 million annually, according to a draft budget statement made available to PANA here. Full text...

  • Ambassadors endorse Konare's vision, strategy
    02 july 2004 14:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African ambassadors accredited to the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa adhered "in principle" to the vision and strategy proposed by AU Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare to lay in the next three years (2004-2007) the foundations for "an Africa in peace, integrated and prosperous. Full text...

  • Rights bodies in Africa push for media freedom
    02 july 2004 11:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation comprising media and other organizations have petitioned the African Union (AU) Commission calling for the urgent establishment of a legal and institutional framework to safeguard a conducive media environment in Africa. Full text...

  • Media, human rights bodies demand action on Darfur
    02 july 2004 11:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU), international organizations and the media must speak out against the situation in Sudan's restive Darfur region, a delegation of organisations advocating rights and freedom of expression demanded here Friday. Full text...

  • Africa needs political commitment to boost farm output
    02 july 2004 09:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Farming could be a vital heart of African business and food security only if the continent's leaders demonstrated political commitment to the industry, according to a senior official of the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • American academic calls for United States of Africa
    01 july 2004 21:54:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- An American professor, Joy Gleason Carew, on Thursday in Washington strongly called for the creation of the United States of Africa, saying this was the only way to make the African continent's weight felt in international relations. Full text...

  • Plan to convene special AU ministerial session
    01 july 2004 17:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A special ministerial session grouping foreign ministers and their counterparts in charge of planning and finance has been planned to be held in three months. Full text...

  • Liberia roots for a stronger AU security body
    01 july 2004 15:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Smarting from the ravages of a long civil war and political turbulence Liberia, a beneficiary of a disarmament programme under the UN Security Council, has urged the African Union member countries to ensure that the AU Peace and Security Council fulfils its mandate without any hindrances. Full text...

  • Nouakchott hosts CILSS extraordinary meeting
    01 july 2004 12:21:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- An extraordinary meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Inter-State Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) is underway here. Full text...

  • AU Commission receives PANA Board Chairman
    30 june 2004 23:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Communication is an essential tool in the fight for integration, and it should be used along with all available means to portray the image of Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare reiterated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • African ministers remember Sierra Leone crash victims
    30 june 2004 22:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 5th ordinary ministerial session of the African Union, which opened Wednesday in Addis Ababa, observed a minute of silence in remembrance of the 25 military and UN employees killed after their helicopter crashed Tuesday in Eastern Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Africa is back, declares AU's Alpha Konaré
    30 june 2004 21:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African continent is back on the international scene with new ambitions contained in the "Agenda for Africa", a real road map for the Pan-African organisation in the coming years, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konaré, declared here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal pleads for Morocco's AU membership
    30 june 2004 19:22:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal Has pleaded for Morocco's return to the African Union (AU), affirming that a majority of African leaders shared this position. Full text...

  • ECA boss praises AU commission's strategic plan
    30 june 2004 18:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The new strategic plan of the Commission of the African Union for the year 2004-7 offered a comprehensive roadmap to achieve a collective vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, UN under-secretary general and executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Yeboah Amoako, said Wednesday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • AU Commission aims at new work culture
    30 june 2004 17:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African foreign ministers forming the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) Wednesday began their fifth ordinary session here to gear up the Union's newly unveiled plan for tackling the continent's complex and multiple challenges. Full text...

  • AU to support Sudan's efforts in Darfur
    30 june 2004 16:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The fifth ordinary session of the executive council of the African Union (AU) started Wednesday in Addis Ababa, with the AU Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare declaring that the continental body would support all the efforts made by the Sudanese government to resolve the conflict currently raging in its western region of Darfur. Full text...

  • Obasanjo urges Libyan leader to attend AU summit
    29 june 2004 20:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Visiting Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday stressed the need for the Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi to attend this year's annual summit of the African Union scheduled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia early July. Full text...

  • African women's declaration due Tuesday
    29 june 2004 17:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The consultative meeting on gender co-organised by the African Union (AU) and Femmes Africa Solidarity, an NGO, is expected to adopt Tuesday in Addis Ababa a declaration to be submitted to African leaders during their AU summit slated for 6-8 July in the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Gender issue put at the fore of AU summit
    29 june 2004 15:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- When African leaders meet here next week, the first item for discussion will be the gender issue and how their governments have been handling it in their national development programmes. Full text...

  • Africa faces first test in earnest
    29 june 2004 12:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Five years after Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi embarked on moves to revamp the regional body, and three years following the creation of the African Union (AU) in Durban, South Africa, the continent is set to face its first real test during the next two weeks, observers note here. Full text...

  • Africa is not poor, needs management
    29 june 2004 09:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The annual budget of most African governments includes an element of external financing, but much as their nationals appreciate donor funding of development projects, they are fed up with reports about Finance ministers who globetrot with a begging bowl that eventually inflates the economy. Full text...

  • Konare: Poverty in Africa is threat to world peace
    28 june 2004 21:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Chairman of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare Monday warned that the African continent could eventually be a threat to world peace if nothing is done to reverse the trend of abject poverty that could force African communities "to resort to violence". Full text...

  • Africa still thirsty despite huge water resources
    28 june 2004 19:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Africa does not lack water but it paradoxically is the part of the globe that suffers most from the low water coverage, a situation compounded by serious problems of sanitation that expose the populations to major health risks. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair asks for US$600 million annual budget
    28 june 2004 17:14:00
    Addis Ababa (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chair, Alpha Oumar Konare Monday asked for an annual budget of 600 million US dollars, with which to run the Union's institutions and implement various projects under the 2004/2007 action plan. Full text...

  • African private sector supports AU commssion's vision
    28 june 2004 14:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A strong public-private partnership is key to achieving rapid and sustainable development in Africa and thereby reverse the continent's marginalisation in the global economy, said leading businesspersons at a forum just ended in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • South Africa to chair African Peace, Security Council
    28 june 2004 14:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will assume the chair of the African Peace and Security Council for the month of July, the Department of Foreign Affairs said in Pretoria Monday. Full text...

  • Konare unveils business programme
    28 june 2004 11:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union's short term actions for businessmen and investors is going through the effective implementation of the principle of free movement of people and properties, the harmonisation of business law and the diligent installation of the Court of Justice as planned in the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konare has said here. Full text...

  • Civil society forum urges speedy launch of ECOSOCC
    28 june 2004 07:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Civil society organisations (CSOs) have urged the Executive Council and the Assembly of the African Union (AU) to approve the statutes of the Union's Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC) at their forthcoming annual sessions starting here this week. Full text...

  • Kenyan VP for speedy East African integration
    27 june 2004 11:13:00
    Nanyuki- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan Vice President Moody Awori Sunday urged members of the East Africa Legislative Assembly to disregard narrow parochial interests in a bid to accelerate the sub-region's integration. Full text...

  • African environment experts meet in Libya
    27 june 2004 10:44:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African environmental and agricultural experts and specialists are to wind-up a two-day meeting in Sirte Sunday to prepare for the 10th conference of Environment Ministers of the African Union (AU) scheduled in the Libyan city 450-km east of here from 29-30 June. Full text...

  • Konare calls for new Africa
    26 june 2004 13:14:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairperson, Alpha Omar Konare Saturday in Addis Ababa called for the building of new Africa, saying the situation on the continent had not improved after about 50 years of independence. Full text...

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