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29th African Union Summit,
27th June to 4th July 2017, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • AU-sponsored talks on Darfur resumes late February - minister
    20 february 2005 17:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Peace talks between Khartoum and two rebel groups in the war-ravished western Darfur region are set to resume later this month, a senior government official disclosed here Sunday. Full text...

  • Morocco pleads for revival of UMA
    18 february 2005 17:41:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Moroccan foreign minister Mohamed Benaïssa has stressed the need to transcend the bottlenecks affecting the smooth functioning of economic activities within the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA). Full text...

  • AU committee meets Sunday in Swaziland on UN reform
    18 february 2005 16:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African foreign minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma leaves the country Saturday for Swaziland to attend the 20-22 February meeting of the African Union Commission on the proposed reform of the United Nations. Full text...

  • Franco-Togolese conspiracy takes AU, ECOWAS to task
    15 february 2005 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- When upon the outbreak of the crisis in Toto the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) unequivocally demanded a return to constitutional order, they were not only sounding exceptionally tough but actually putting their own very credibility at stake. Full text...

  • AU chief expresses concern over simmering crisis in Togo
    14 february 2005 19:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare has expressed concern about the worsening political situation in Togo, citing a crackdown on the media, notably the jamming of private radio stations in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya declines peacekeeping role in Somalia
    08 february 2005 14:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will not send troops to join the African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in war-ravished Somalia, fearing that probable combat with Somali militias could compromise its mediatory role, foreign minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere said. Full text...

  • AU approves IGAD troop deployment in Somalia
    08 february 2005 11:59:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Union's Peace and Security Council has authorised the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to deploy a peace support mission in Somalia to provide security support to the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) which is in the process of moving from Kenya to Somalia. Full text...

  • AU body urges Togo's 'de facto' rulers to restore order
    08 february 2005 11:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) has condemned "the manner in which the de facto Togolese authorities organised the succession" at the helm of the country following the death last Saturday of President Gnassingbe Eyadema. Full text...

  • AU chairman calls for democratic elections in Togo
    07 february 2005 13:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) chairman, President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria has called for a democratic and internationally acceptable presidential election in Togo, warning that "political rascality" could plunge the West African nation into chaos and conflict. Full text...

  • AU, ECOWAS mourn Eyadema, reject succession
    07 february 2005 10:09:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- African Union (AU) and ECOWAS leaders have rejected the succession of the late President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo by his son, as the tiny nation was still mourning the passage of Africa's longest ruling leader. Full text...

  • Cameroon to host Francophone auditors' meeting
    04 february 2005 15:41:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Some 500 people will take part in the sixth conference of the Francophone Union of Internal Audit (UFAI) to be held in Yaounde from 13 to 16 March, official sources have said. Full text...

  • Repatriated Cape Verdians get reintegration
    04 february 2005 09:49:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Authorities in Cape Verde plan to shortly implement a 90,000-euro project to reintegrate repatriated nationals, who faced difficulties after returning home, Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves said. Full text...

  • Angola signs AU Convention against terrorism, mercenaries
    03 february 2005 20:38:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola has acceded to the African Union (AU) Convention against terrorism, official sources said in Luanda Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tandja, MSF founder hold discussions in Niamey
    03 february 2005 19:12:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Mamadou Tandja of Niger granted audience here Wednesday to former French minister and founder of the medical charity Doctors without Borders (MSF), Bernard Kouchner, with whom he discussed public health issues. Full text...

  • AU leaders extend Obasanjo's tenure by six months
    03 february 2005 16:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- African Union (AU) leaders who met in here 30-31 January have extended the tenure of Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo as AU chairman by six months, presidential spokesperson Remi Oyo said Thursday. Full text...

  • East African market pact restricts new bilateral trade ties
    03 february 2005 14:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Restrictions will prevail over the next two years in bilateral negotiations among members states of the three East African Customs Union because they belong to different regional trading blocs. Full text...

  • Konare rekindles spirit of pan-Africanism
    02 february 2005 09:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Renewal of the spirit of pan- Africanism is growing in its zeal to usher in a new era of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful continent, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare stated Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU condemns attack on its monitors in Darfur
    01 february 2005 15:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A senior official of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) Tuesday condemned two incidents in which assailants shot at AU monitors in the southern Darfur region. Full text...

  • African leaders resolve to tackle AIDS, polio, food security
    31 january 2005 19:26:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- African leaders wrapped up their two-day mid-term summit in the Nigerian capital Abuja Monday, with a renewed determination to tackle HIV/AIDS, polio and food security among other concerns on the continent. Full text...

  • Darfur peace talks to resume in Abuja mid-February
    31 january 2005 16:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The peace talks between the Khartoum government and the two main rebel groups in Sudan's western Darfur region will resume in the Nigerian capital, Abuja mid-February, the African Union (AU) chair and Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo said Monday. Full text...

  • E. African revenue chiefs to review aspects of tax treaty
    31 january 2005 14:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Revenue authorities heads in the three East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania are set to meet in the northern Tanzania city of Arusha (17-18 February) to review the implementation of the free market pact, the Customs Union treaty. Full text...

  • Africa seeks Tsunami-style mobilisation for HIV/AIDS funds
    31 january 2005 14:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission is seeking a Tsunami-style mobilisation of resources to enable the continent tackle the HIV/AIDS crisis and meet the Millennium Development Goals of halting the spread of the disease by 2015. Full text...

  • AU defers decision on UN Security Council reform
    31 january 2005 08:56:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has mandated a committee to thoroughly assess the report requesting reforms of the UN system, contrary to speculations that suggested the current AU summit to be a battleground for countries jostling to fill the African slot on an expanded UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Japan supports Africa's bid for permanent UN Security Council seat
    30 january 2005 18:31:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Japan Sunday expressed strong support for Africa's quest for at least one permanent seat on an expanded UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Mubarak tightly guarded at AU Abuja summit
    30 january 2005 17:05:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who survived an assassination attempt during an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit some 10 years ago in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has an extra-ordinary tight security at the ongoing mid-term assembly of African Union (AU) leaders in Abuja. Full text...

  • Arab League seeks closer ties with AU
    30 january 2005 13:40:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Arab League Sunday called for the promotion of closer relations and the identification of common interests between the African Union (AU) and the Arab League. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair urges common stand on UN reforms
    30 january 2005 12:40:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- AU Commission Chairman Alpha Oumar Konare has urged African nations to speak with one voice at the UN on the issue of the proposed review of the UN system, especially Security Council reforms to make it more representative. Full text...

  • African Union summit opens in Nigeria
    30 january 2005 11:59:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The fourth ordinary session of the assembly of the African Union (AU) and the first mid-term assembly opened in Nigeria's capital of Abuja Sunday, with most of the 53 heads of state and government attending the gathering. Full text...

  • All set for AU summit in Abuja
    29 january 2005 22:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The stage is set for the African Union (AU) mid-term summit opening in the Nigerian capital Abuja Sunday, with more than 40 Heads of State and government expected to attend the two-day meeting. Full text...

  • 40 Heads of State expected at AU Abuja summit
    29 january 2005 21:27:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Forty heads of State and government have confirmed their participation at the two-day mid-term summit of the Africa Union (AU) opening Sunday in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, AU officials said Saturday. Full text...

  • Bureau of African environment ministers meets in Tripoli
    29 january 2005 21:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Executive Bureau of African Environment Ministers began a meeting in Tripoli Saturday on the implementation of programmes approved last June by the Conference of African Union (AU) Environment Ministers. Full text...

  • Gabonese president leaves for Abuja Saturday
    29 january 2005 13:39:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, who has been requested to mediate in the armed conflict in Darfur, leaves Saturday for Abuja, Nigeria to attend and African Union (AU) heads of state summit. Full text...

  • Kerekou to attend Abuja AU summit
    28 january 2005 11:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin president Mathieu Kerekou will attend the African Union (AU) summit slated for next Monday in Abuja, Nigeria, a Foreign ministry release confirmed here Friday. Full text...

  • Auto sales down 19% in Gabon
    27 january 2005 21:45:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The number of brand new vehicles sold in Gabon in 2004 dropped by 19 percent to 2,395, from 2,957 sold in 2003, marketing company SOGAFRIC Group said in a report Thursday. Full text...

  • PRC sets up committee on admitting AU observers
    27 january 2005 16:06:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Africa Union (AU) has set up a five-nation committee to further deliberate on the criteria for admitting observers at the Executive Council and Assembly of Heads of State of the AU, spokesman Desmond Orjiako said here Thursday. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council meets ahead of summit
    27 january 2005 15:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the Africa Union (AU), comprising Foreign Affairs ministers of the 53-nation regional body, began a two-day meeting here Thursday, ahead of the mid-term assembly of heads of state and government of the Union on Sunday. Full text...

  • African bidders for UN seat to plead case at Abuja summit
    27 january 2005 08:14:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The AU summit slated to open here next weekend will afford countries advocating a permanent seat for Africa at the UN, a platform to present their case, Nigerian Information Minister Chukwuemeka Chikelu noted Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU High-Level Committee plans security summit in Abuja
    25 january 2005 22:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Members of the African Union's High-Level AU Committee will hold a summit in Abuja 30-31 January to consider a common defence and security policy for the continental organisation, Ghana's Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mbeki heads for G8/Africa discussions in Davos
    25 january 2005 12:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki leaves South Africa Tuesday for Davos, Switzerland for annual World Economic Forum, at which he would attend a session on the G8 and Africa. Full text...

  • Burkina president receives envoys from Ghana, AU
    24 january 2005 23:57:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso received Monday in Ouagadougou the Ghanaian foreign minister, Akufo-Addo Nana, who delivered a message from President John Kufuor, and the President of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konaré. Full text...

  • AU committee meets in Abuja ahead of summit
    24 january 2005 18:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC), an expert and plenipotentiary meeting of the Africa Union (AU), began Monday in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, ahead of the 4th ordinary session of the assembly of AU. Full text...

  • Toyota reports dramatic increase in sales in Africa
    24 january 2005 11:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Toyota South Africa affirmed Monday that sales in Africa saw a growth of nearly 30 per cent, rising above 200,000 units for the first time. Full text...

  • Experts see East African market promoting regional exports
    22 january 2005 10:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The East African Customs Union starting this month and comprising Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania will enhance regional integration and greatly benefit the economies of all three countries, economists affirm. Full text...

  • AU envoy notes controversity in Burundi elections
    20 january 2005 23:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- African Union (AU) special envoy Mamadou Bah conceded here Thursday that it was difficult to rule on the controversy surrounding plans to conduct general elections in Burundi by direct universal suffrage. Full text...

  • African Peace Facility to support war-torn Somalia
    20 january 2005 10:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- War-devastated Somalia may benefit from the Africa Peace Facility in restructuring its state apparatus, according to sources at the African Union (AU) Commission here. Full text...

  • European Commission wants Tanzania out of SADC
    18 january 2005 17:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Tanzania's membership of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) trading bloc came under the scrutiny of the European Commission as talks aimed at enlarging a global free trade accord kicked-off. Full text...

  • AU military chief cautions against flop in Sudan
    18 january 2005 10:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A senior military official of the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) has warned that it would be a tragedy for the mission to flop due to lack of facilities. Full text...

  • ECOWAS leaders still seeking direction to integration
    17 january 2005 20:04:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) would be 30 this year, but the sub-region remains in search of integration. Full text...

  • Catholic bishops pledge to work for peace in Africa
    15 january 2005 16:11:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A delegation of the Burkina Faso-Niger Episcopal conference has pledged in Ouagadougou to work for the installation of a climate of peace and tolerance in Africa. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa gives AU plaudits over peace efforts
    14 january 2005 16:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwanawasa Friday praised the African Union (AU) for its initiatives to address conflict situations on the continent, saying these efforts will "greatly consolidate" the political and economic gains of the region. Full text...

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