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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • The world's future hangs on Africa, says Chissano
    18 march 2004 13:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa not only has a future but the future of the world hangs on this continent, Mozambican President Joaquim Alberto Chissano declared here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ballot confirms Tanzanian head of Pan-African Parliament
    18 march 2004 12:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The inauguration of the Pan- African Parliament here Thursday was a sign of democratic maturity in Africa, said the House President Getrude Ibengwe Mongella. Full text...

  • African Parliament launched, Tanzanian elected president
    18 march 2004 10:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Pan-African Parliament, one of the vital organs of the African Union, was Thursday launched here and its members took the oath to serve Africa. Full text...

  • Integration in Central Africa suffers setback
    17 march 2004 12:52:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The recent deportation of hundreds of nationals of several Central African countries by Equatorial Guinea has severely soured relations among countries in the sub- region and amplified the difficult question of integration in this part of Africa. Full text...

  • All set for launch of Pan-African Parliament
    17 march 2004 07:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Legislators from Africa's five political regions Wednesday began caucusing here to agree on candidates seeking election to preside over the Pan-African Parliament (PAP). Full text...

  • Benin designates MPs for African Parliament
    16 march 2004 21:05:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Five MPs left Cotonou Monday for Addis Ababa where they would be invested into the African Union Parliament on 19 March alongside other legislators from across the continent. Full text...

  • ECOWAS, World Bank to discuss regional programme
    16 march 2004 16:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and World Bank president James Wolfensohn will meet in Accra, Ghana 19-20 March to discuss the challenges of regional integration and NEPAD implementation in West Africa. Full text...

  • AU exploring ways to ease payment of contributions
    16 march 2004 15:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) is considering a reform of modalities of member states' budgetary obligations, taking into consideration their financial inability, AU Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare disclosed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • 5 Beninese MPs off to Pan-African Parliament swearing-in
    16 march 2004 14:44:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Five MPs representing Benin at the Pan- African Parliament left here Monday for Addis Ababa to be sworn- in along with colleagues from across Africa by the Mozambican President and current chairman of the African Union (AU), Joachim Chissano, on 19 March. Full text...

  • Konare welcomes Blair's initiative with a tip
    16 march 2004 14:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare welcomed Tuesday the move taken by British Prime Minister Tony Blair to set up a commission for Africa asserting that it should take the continent's priorities into account. Full text...

  • AU sets up peace, security council
    16 march 2004 09:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Taking into consideration equitable regional representation and rotation, the Executive Council of the African Union meeting here has elected members of the proposed Peace and Security Council. Full text...

  • Ministers admire the glitter of AU Commission's work
    16 march 2004 09:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- On its own checklist of progress, the Executive Council of the African Union asserts that the secretariat of the Union is well on track to fulfil its mission despite prevailing constraints. Full text...

  • AU completes commissioners' line-up
    16 march 2004 07:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Exactly six months since its installation, the African Union (AU) Commission has obtained a full line-up of commissioners to head its eight key portfolios. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council to launch peace, security organ
    15 march 2004 09:16:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) began its fourth ordinary session here Monday during which it is expected to approve the vision and mission of the AU Commission and launch the African Peace and Security Council. Full text...

  • UMA follow-up committee convenes in Tripoli
    14 march 2004 10:21:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- An extraordinary meeting of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) Follow-up Committee winds up here Sunday, with focus on a reform of the Union's system and structures. Full text...

  • Low member State contributions may limit AU programmes
    12 march 2004 11:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Over due contributions from member States to the African Union's regular budget stuck out on the agenda as a source of endless trouble as the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the Union got down to business here Thursday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso elects African Union deputies
    10 march 2004 18:40:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's 111-member National Assembly Wednesday elected here by acclamation five legislators to represent the country in the Pan-African parliament. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso elects 5 MPs to AU parliament
    10 march 2004 18:23:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe 111-seat National Assembly Wednesday elected five MPs to represent the country at the Pan-African parliament. Full text...

  • AU Commission readies for Pan-African Parliament opening
    10 march 2004 13:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) will hold its fourth ordinary session here 12- 13 March ahead of the inauguration of the Pan-African Parliament next week, a senior official of the AU disclosed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi eyes vice-presidency of African Parliament
    09 march 2004 10:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi government has embarked on a diplomatic offensive in its bid for the office of vice president of the envisaged African Parliament due inauguration on 18 March in South Africa. Full text...

  • AU mission refutes Burundi police report on morals
    08 march 2004 20:42:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The African Mission in Burundi on Monday refuted local allegations that several of its peacekeepers participated in an orgy in Bujumbura last month. Full text...

  • Pires upbeat about Sirte summit outcome
    04 march 2004 13:07:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdean President Pedro Pires has reiterated his country's support for the setting up of a common defence and security policy in Africa, one of the themes of the just-ended African Union (AU) summit in Sirte, Libya. Full text...

  • Museveni believes Uganda must defend itself
    04 march 2004 10:50:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Embattled Ugandan ruler, Yoweri Museveni has rejected proposed offers of international armed intervention to help quell the 18-year rebel war in the northern region, saying the offer will undermine the capability of Uganda to defend itself. Full text...

  • Chissano hails new culture of peace in Libya
    29 february 2004 12:26:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Mozambican president and African Union (AU) chairman hailed Saturday here, what he said was the new culture of peace in Libya and Tripoli's decision to halt its weapons of mass destruction programmes. Full text...

  • Libya's ban of WMD complied with 1998 African treaty
    28 february 2004 20:10:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Saturday expressed his country's resolve to scrap weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programme, saying the act was in keeping with the 1998 African treaty under which Africa was designated as a zone free of nuclear weapons. Full text...

  • Libya summit approves common defence treaty - in principle
    28 february 2004 19:25:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU)'s extraordinary summit in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, has approved the principle of having a common African defence treaty with a long- term perspective to create a single continental army, sources at the conference told PANA Saturday. Full text...

  • Libya summit adopts declaration on agriculture, water
    28 february 2004 18:13:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union Saturday adopted a Sirte Declaration calling on African countries to face "the challenges of integration and sustainable development in agriculture and water resources" on the continent. Full text...

  • Haiti crisis claims attention of African leaders
    28 february 2004 14:43:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The rapid deterioration of the situation in Haiti, a member of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), has claimed the attention of African leaders at the extraordinary African Union (AU) summit in Sirte, 450km from the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Full text...

  • Sirte summit condoles Moroccan monarch over quake
    28 february 2004 13:56:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU), convening in Sirte (450 km east of Tripoli), has sent a message of condolence to King Mohammed VI of Morocco, the affected families and people of the kingdom over the tragic earthquake that struck the northern region of Hoceima last Tuesday. Full text...

  • African leaders hold closed-door session in Sirte
    27 february 2004 22:58:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African leaders attending the second African Union (AU) extraordinary summit in Sirte, Libya went into a closed-door session Friday afternoon after the meeting's public opening in the morning. Full text...

  • Prodi says EU and AU form components of global peace
    27 february 2004 21:22:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Romano Prodi, president of the European Commission, on Friday commended Libya and its leader, Col. Full text...

  • Konare emphasises importance of Sirte agenda
    27 february 2004 19:01:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chair, Alpha Oumar Konare on Friday praised Libya for hosting the second extraordinary summit of the organisation in Sirte, and reiterated its importance to discuss issues vital to the present and future development of the continent. Full text...

  • Libyan leader hails Africa's integration moves
    27 february 2004 18:21:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi declared in Sirte Friday that the African continent "today making serious and real progress towards integration and the United States of Africa". Full text...

  • Mwanawasa stays away from AU Sirte Summit
    27 february 2004 14:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa accused of embarking on costly foreign trips, has stayed away from the African Union (AU) extra-ordinary summit that opened Friday in Libya, officials said in Lusaka. Full text...

  • World figures line up to address AU Sirte summit
    27 february 2004 12:38:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- A number of eminent world statesmen are on roll to address the two-day extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) opened Friday by Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi in Sirte, 450km east of Tripoli, focusing on agriculture and water resources as well as African defence and security policies. Full text...

  • AU extraordinary summit opens in Sirte
    27 february 2004 11:33:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU)'s extraordinary summit opened its proceedings Friday in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, with water resources, agriculture, defence and security issues high on the agenda. Full text...

  • Sirte AU Summit guns for quicker pace in integration, development
    27 february 2004 10:01:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The two-day extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) opening Friday in Sirte, hometown of host leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi is widely seen here as an opportunity to define a continental approach to major problems related to water, agriculture and, especially, the tricky bid for a common defence. Full text...

  • World Bank package to support West African integration
    27 february 2004 09:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The World Bank Group has approved a financing package to support efforts of the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) in achieving sustainable growth through the development and integration of infrastructure and capital markets in order to compete in the global economy. Full text...

  • AU council achieved progress, says Chalgham
    26 february 2004 22:39:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) executive council, which has been meeting since Wednesday in Sirte ahead of the AU summit, on Thursday achieved progress on documents relating to agricultural, water and defence issues, said Abderrahman Chalgham, Secretary of the People's general committee for foreign affairs and international cooperation. Full text...

  • African leaders set for extraordinary summit
    26 february 2004 21:34:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Heads of state and Government on Thursday continued to arrive in Sirte to participate in the African Union's extraordinary summit scheduled 27-28 February at the initiative of the Libyan government. Full text...

  • Tunisian president expected in Sirte Friday
    26 february 2004 19:45:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia leaves for Libya Friday to attend an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in Sirte from 27-28 February, it was officially announced here Thursday, Ben Ali's presence in Libya will indicate Tunisia's attachment to the continental organisation in its efforts to defend the causes of development, security and stability in Africa. Full text...

  • Egypt's Hosni Mubarak to attend AU summit in Libya
    26 february 2004 19:08:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will join other leaders at the extraordinary African Union (AU) summit opening Friday in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, sources close to the Egyptian delegation attending the executive council disclosed Thursday. Full text...

  • African leaders arriving in Sirte for AU summit
    26 february 2004 14:51:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African heads of State and government have started arriving in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, to participate in the African Union (AU) extraordinary summit that runs from 27-28 February, on the initiative of the Libyan Jamahiriya. Full text...

  • Angolan President heads for AU Sirte summit
    26 february 2004 14:20:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos leaves here Thursday for the extraordinary summit of African Union (AU) heads of state and government scheduled for 27-28 February in Sirte, Libya. Full text...

  • Benin's Kerekou off to AU summit in Sirte
    26 february 2004 13:19:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- President Mathieu Kerekou left here Thursday to attend the extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) heads of state and government slated for 27-28 February in Sirte, Libya. Full text...

  • Malian President attends Sirte AU summit
    26 february 2004 10:43:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure leaves Bamako Thursday for Sirte to take part in an extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) opening Friday in the Libyan resort town. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council discusses creation of common African army
    26 february 2004 09:25:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- A common defence treaty and the creation of a single African army proposed by Libya were the focus of discussions when the African Union (AU) Executive Council began its 4th extraordinary meeting here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Minister to represent DR Congo at AU summit in Libya
    25 february 2004 19:43:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Democratic Republic of Congo's foreign and international co-operation minister Antoine Ghonda will represent the country at the 27-28 February extraordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in Sirte, Libya. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council convenes in Libyan resort city
    25 february 2004 19:39:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) Wednesday convened its 4th extraordinary meeting in the Libyan seaport city of Sirte to examine the report of the Agriculture and Water ministers meeting held 12-13 February 2004 in Tripoli. Full text...

  • Bouteflika for AU Summit in Sirte
    25 february 2004 18:18:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is to attend the 27-28 February African Union (AU) extra-ordinary summit in Sirte, Libya, official sources said in Algiers Wednesday. Full text...

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