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  • Konare to visit Sudan's Darfur Sunday
    19 june 2004 14:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Union Commission chairperson Professor Alpha Oumar Konare begins a two-day visit to troubled Darfur region in western Sudan on Sunday. Full text...

  • West African commission endorses standing force
    19 june 2004 10:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The ECOWAS Defence and Security Commission has approved the establishment of a standby force of 6,500 highly-trained and equipped soldiers that could be deployed rapidly in response to crisis or threat to peace and security in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Chissano urges Congolese to value international help
    18 june 2004 19:58:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- Mozambican President and current African Union (AU) chairman Joachim Chissano on Friday in Kinshasa urged Congolese nationals to appreciate the role of international institutions helping to restore peace in their troubled country. Full text...

  • SADC to discuss role in AU peace missions
    18 june 2004 19:35:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Senior Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) military officers meet in South Africa from 21-22 June to assess the involvement of the grouping's police units in peacekeeping operations under the African Union (AU), official sources said here Friday. Full text...

  • Conflict resolution remains ECOWAS strong point
    18 june 2004 16:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The decision by some member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to intervene in Liberia in 1990, though not with the blessing of all members, has changed the perception of the organisation within and outside the sub-region. Full text...

  • Moroccan minister sees new phase in Western Sahara conflict
    18 june 2004 07:46:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- In the wake of the latest developments, notably the resignation of James Baker, personal representative of UN secretary general Kofi Annan, Morocco's Land, Water and Environment minister Mohamed el Yazghi affirmed here that the conflict in the Western Sahara had entered a new phase. Full text...

  • Kadhafi will not attend AU summit in Addis Ababa
    17 june 2004 21:06:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has said he would not attend the July African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, because the continental organisation was already on track and required no jolt start. Full text...

  • Envoy urges greater involvement of CEEAC in DR Congo crisis
    17 june 2004 15:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo ambassador to the Congo Republic, Esther Kirongozi, has urged the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) to get more involved in the search for solution to the crisis raging in her country. Full text...

  • Opposition nudges ANC to endorse MPs to AU parliament
    17 june 2004 15:06:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) Thursday urged the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in parliament to respect the will of the opposition by endorsing its choice of parliamentarians for the Pan African Parliament (PAP). Full text...

  • Benin for Morocco's return to African Union
    16 june 2004 21:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's President Mathieu Kérékou has stressed the urgent need for Morocco's reintegration into the African family. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Chissano discuss AU process, African developments
    16 june 2004 15:15:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA - Libyan leader Moammar Kadha-fi and Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, current chairman of the African Union (AU) , are in Sirte (450 km east of Tripoli) holding discussions on the AU process, notably the steps undertaken in the establishment of its institutions and structures. Full text...

  • Konare says AU summit to review 4-year action plan
    16 june 2004 14:37:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The chairperson the African Union Commission (AU), Alpha Omar Konare has disclosed that the 6-8 July heads of state summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will deliberate on the commission's action plan covering the next four years. Full text...

  • Gender tops AU summit agenda
    16 june 2004 10:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- For the first time, gender is a top issue on the agenda of this year's summit of African Union (AU) leaders coming up here next month. Full text...

  • Gambian Minister urges support for ECOWAS integration programmes
    15 june 2004 17:46:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian Secretary of State (Minister) for Trade, Industry and Employment, Edward Singhateh, Tuesday called for greater support for ECOWAS integration process. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Chissano discuss Great Lakes situation
    14 june 2004 18:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi and his guest Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano, the current African Union (AU) chairman on Monday in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, reviewed the progress reached in creating the continental body's structures and institutions. Full text...

  • Ugandan dancers convicted for wearing skimpy dress
    14 june 2004 11:51:00
    Entebbe- Uganda (PANA) -- A Ugandan court has sentenced ten dancers to three months in prison for appearing in skimpy wear before delegates of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) last week. Full text...

  • Beware of G8 moves, African expert tells AU leaders
    14 june 2004 11:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Unless Africa's leaders took a collective precaution, the African Union could be heading for a division in the wake of last week's G8 summit, warns an international development expert based here. Full text...

  • Speaker of PanAfrican Parliament meets Kadhafi
    13 june 2004 19:59:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • UN body praises AU for assisting Sudanese refugees
    13 june 2004 11:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees has praised the African Union (AU) for its role in seeking a solution to the current crisis in western Sudan that has spewed thousands of refugees into Chad. Full text...

  • Africa deserves reparations from US for slavery - Mugabe
    08 june 2004 09:27:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- While appreciating recent trade developments between Africa and the United States through the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Africa needed reparations from the richest country on earth for benefiting immensely from African slaves. Full text...

  • El Bashir welcomes AU intervention in western Sudan
    07 june 2004 15:59:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar El Bashir has thanked the Africa Union (AU) for its intervention in the armed conflict his country's western region of Darfur. Full text...

  • Reunion intensifies move to join COMESA
    07 june 2004 14:36:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- French overseas territory, Reunion, will officially seek admission to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), which began its 9th summit Monday in Kampala, Uganda, official sources said in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Sudan, AU sign agreement on war-torn Darfur
    04 june 2004 19:44:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan and the African Union (AU) on Friday signed an agreement here specifying the work, tasks and privileges of a cease-fire monitoring commission in the civil war-ravaged western region of Darfur where two rebel movements have revolted against Khartoum since February 2003. Full text...

  • Mbeki says market mechanism no solution to Africa's problems
    03 june 2004 17:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki has rejected the suggestion that market mechanism alone could solve Africa's problems. Full text...

  • Luanda hosts Pan-African Youth Union committee meeting
    02 june 2004 23:24:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The first meeting of the Executive committee of the Pan-African Youth Union (PYU) opened here Wednesday to adopt a programme of activities, official sources told PANA in the Angolan capital. Full text...

  • Australian firm to mine oil in Mauritania
    01 june 2004 21:49:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The Mauritanian government has signed an agreement with the Australian company Woodside for the exploitation of the "Chinguitti" oil well, the firm reported on its internet. Full text...

  • Zuma off to Burundi for transfer of peacekeeping forces
    01 june 2004 15:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has left for Bujumbura to witness the ceremony for the transfer of African Union (AU) peacekeeping forces to UN mission in Burundi, the Foreign office said in Pretoria Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda chairs next AU conference on trade
    31 may 2004 19:08:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda was elected chair at the second conference of trade ministers, customs offices, and immigration services that here Friday in Kigali, succeeding Mauritius. Full text...

  • African Mission to Burundi gets praises
    31 may 2004 15:57:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commissioner for peace and security, Said Djinnit, has expressed satisfaction over the "overall positive" performance of the AU peacekeeping force in Burundi. Full text...

  • Malagasy woman appointed as IOC boss
    29 may 2004 19:28:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Andreas Claudine Rasoanirina has been appointed as a secretary general of the Indian Ocean Commission, succeeding Wilfrid Bertile. Full text...

  • AU to incorporate Swahili as working language
    28 may 2004 23:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) would at its next summit in Addis Ababa coming up in July include Swahili as one of its working languages besides English and French, AU chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare indicated here Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal urges resource mobilisation for African peace council
    27 may 2004 21:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese Foreign minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio urged African nations Wednesday to mobilise the requisite resources for the just-launched Peace and Security Council (CPS) of the African Union. Full text...

  • AU hails progress in Sudan's peace process
    27 may 2004 13:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has congratulated the Government of Sudan and its major opponent, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), for signing three important protocols that could lead to the end of Africa's longest civil war. Full text...

  • Saharawi accedes to AU Security Council protocol
    27 may 2004 08:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Only 20 Member States of the African Union are yet to ratify the protocol establishing the Peace and Security Council, the continental body's new organ responsible for peace, security and defence. Full text...

  • Tunisia reaffirms support for AU objectives
    26 may 2004 17:23:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Africa occupies a "privileged place" in the foreign policy of Tunisia, driving its faith in the African cause and the need to work for the development and prosperity of the African peoples. Full text...

  • African Union to send observers to Darfur
    26 may 2004 16:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union's newly established Peace and Security Council has decided to send an observer mission to the troubled region of Darfur in the Sudan. Full text...

  • Mali welcomes launch of African Peace, Security Council
    25 may 2004 20:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane has welcomed the launch of the African Peace and Security Council and paid tribute to the founding founders of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), replaced by the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • First summit of Africa's peacemakers upholds Marcoussis pact
    25 may 2004 14:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Heads of State and Government forming the Peace and Security Council of the African Union Tuesday urged Ivorian parties to commit themselves to the full implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement to resolve the crisis that threatens to tear the West African nation apart. Full text...

  • Nigeria assumes chair of AU Peace and Security Council
    25 may 2004 09:30:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has said the dynamism by which the African Union has accomplished the establishment of the Peace and Security Council signalled the vision of seriousness, and the urgency of the need to end all conflicts on the continent. Full text...

  • African fair at AU conference on trade
    24 may 2004 20:23:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- African trade experts began examining here Monday, proposed reforms on the Pan-African Trade Fair and the creation of a network of African Customs Departments. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair due in Paris Friday
    24 may 2004 19:19:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission chair, Alpha Oumar Konare is due in Paris Friday for an event to commemorate the Africa Day, diplomatic sources said in the French capital. Full text...

  • Ugandan insurgency on AU peace agenda
    21 may 2004 11:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Chance still exists for Uganda to end, through dialogue, the war raging in the northern part of the East African country, African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Said Djinnit said here Friday. Full text...

  • Australian Foreign minister visits Tripoli
    21 may 2004 10:51:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan Prime Minister Dr Choukri Ghanem met Thursday with the Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer who has been on a visit here since last Tuesday, to review the state of cooperation between the two countries in the political, economic, scientific and cultural spheres. Full text...

  • Ministers resolve to tackle Africa's health challenges
    18 may 2004 20:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Health Ministers have resolved to mobilise political commitment and leadership at all levels and facilitate greater involvement of communities and civil society to meet the continent's health challenges in the 21st Century. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso, Ghana discuss transport cooperation
    18 may 2004 10:06:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A Ghanaian delegation led by Ports and Railway Minister Ameyaw Akumfi began consultations Monday with Burkinabe authorities on cooperation in the field of transport, with emphasis on a railway project to link Ouagadougou to Kumasi, Ghana. Full text...

  • Kenya gets audit panel to curb corruption
    17 may 2004 18:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenyan government Monday launched a National Audit Commission to monitor public expenditure and help curb corruption. Full text...

  • ECOWAS interconnects national units to boost integration
    15 may 2004 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- ECOWAS has launched a programme to interconnect all units responsible for community affairs in member States into a computer network, an ECOWAS statement said. Full text...

  • AU summit to name judges of Human and Peoples' Rights court
    13 may 2004 09:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The election of judges to the new African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights will take place during the forthcoming summit of African leaders, scheduled here 6-8 July, the Commission of the African Union has announced. Full text...

  • Austrian firm sells oil stakes in Sudan
    12 may 2004 21:22:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Austrian oil and gas group OMV AG has sold its stakes in two oil exploration Blocks in Sudan for 115 million US dollars, on the Sudanese government's approval, national news agency, SUNA reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Conakry hosts Mano River Union summit
    11 may 2004 23:10:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A summit of the heads of state of the Mano River Union will hold 19 and 20 May in Conakry, sources confirmed here Tuesday, saying host President Lansana Conte had accordingly invited his counterparts in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Mali and Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

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