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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • AU Commission marks Pan-African Women's Day
    25 september 2003 10:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union's newly appointed Commissioner for Social Affairs, Bience Philomena Gawanas says the notion that men are inevitably heads of households is obsolete and should be changed. Full text...

  • Sudan, Niger discuss regional integration, conflicts
    21 september 2003 10:37:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Niger president Mamadou Tandja has ended a three-day official visit to Khartoum, where he and Sudanese President Omar El-Bechir discussed ways to enhance investment and trade links, as well as freedom of movement and capital between both countries. Full text...

  • OMVS maps out anti-floods plan for River Senegal
    19 september 2003 22:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The fourth extraordinary session of the ministerial council of the Organisation for the Development of the River Senegal (OMVS) held in Dakar on Friday has drawn up a plan of action to stop the river from flooding and damaging property along side it. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe tackles Australia over Commonwealth Summit
    18 september 2003 21:08:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge Thursday took a swipe at Australian Prime Minister John Howard for insisting on the southern African country's continued suspension from the Commonwealth over alleged human rights abuses. Full text...

  • Three West African leaders visit Senegal Wednesday
    17 september 2003 11:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Presidents Pedro Pires of Cape Verde, Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso and Yahya Jammeh of Gambia are expected here Wednesday, according to an announcement from President Abdoulaye Wade's press office. Full text...

  • AU condemns coup d'etat in Guinea-Bissau
    15 september 2003 07:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The outgoing Interim Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Amara Essy has strongly condemned the overthrow of the government of Guinea-Bissau. Full text...

  • Chissano condemns Guinea-Bissau coup
    14 september 2003 16:48:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA - Mozambican President an-d current chair of the African Union (AU) Joaquim Chissano, has condemned Sunday's military coup that toppled President Kumba Yala in Guinea-Bissau, and called for the restoration of constitutional order in that country. Full text...

  • Zambia, Swiss company sign mining accord
    13 september 2003 11:55:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has signed a memorandum of understanding with JFull text...

  • Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire agree joint border posts
    12 september 2003 19:09:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire have agreed to pursue action for the early establishment of joint border posts between them to centralise police, immigration, health and customs at one location. Full text...

  • MPs in Benin examine PGAO documents before ratification
    12 september 2003 18:09:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Members of Parliament in Benin were currently being familiarised with and sensitised about the agreement for the West Africa Gas pipeline Project (PGAO) and their role to ratify the document to speed up its implementation. Full text...

  • Tandja deplores degradation of Niger River basin resources
    11 september 2003 23:53:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Mamadou Tandja of Niger on Thursday deplored the degradation and unsustainable utilisation of vital resources in the Niger River basin due to population pressure. Full text...

  • Senior AU official lauds body's role in Burundi
    11 september 2003 19:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A senior African Union (AU) diplomat has criticised the public for minimising the "modest and discreet" but at moments "crucial" role the continental body has played to bridge the gap between Burundians during the decade-long civil war. Full text...

  • Nujoma, Wade urge ratification of AU Security Council
    09 september 2003 22:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma and his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade Tuesday urged African Union (AU) member states to ratify the protocol on the creation of the AU Security Council. Full text...

  • NGOs launch initiative to monitor African governments
    09 september 2003 15:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African Human Security Initiative, a partnership of seven African NGOs has been launched in South Africa to review the human security performance of countries that have acceded to the Peer Review Mechanism of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). Full text...

  • AU envoy assesses Ivorian peace process
    08 september 2003 22:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- African Union (AU) special envoy to Cote d'Ivoire and the Marcoussis agreement follow-up committee, André Salifou has lauded achievements made by the Ivorian government of national reconciliation set up as part of peace arrangements in the country. Full text...

  • Ugandan envoy to AU presents credentials
    08 september 2003 13:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Uganda's newly appointed Permanent Representative to the African Union, Wasswa Birigwa presented his credentials Monday to AU Commission Interim Chairperson Amara Essy. Full text...

  • Chissano to attend change of guard at AU Commission
    07 september 2003 10:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim A. Full text...

  • UNESCO official urges development of culture through NEPAD
    04 september 2003 23:57:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A UNESCO official Wednesday suggested that the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) provide a platform for developing the continent's culture. Full text...

  • Chissano calls for ratification of security protocol
    04 september 2003 17:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has again urged the member countries of the African Union (AU) to ratify the organization's protocol on Peace and Security. Full text...

  • Austrian oil company cedes stakes in Sudan
    02 september 2003 19:00:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Austrian oil and gas group OMV AG (R. Full text...

  • AU to take brain-drain case to UN, WHO General Assembly
    01 september 2003 18:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A senior African Union (AU) official told African Health ministers in Johannesburg Monday that the Union would take the issue of brain-drain to the next World Health Assembly and eventually the UN, because it was hampering Africa's capacity to combat pandemics and other diseases. Full text...

  • AU Commission chairman meets Kadhafi
    29 august 2003 12:17:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Kadhafi held discussions here Thursday with African Union (AU) Commission chairman Alpha Omar Konare, on ways to strengthen the continental organisation. Full text...

  • SADC commends progress in DR Congo's peace process
    27 august 2003 20:30:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which ended Tuesday in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) commended the marked progress made in the peace process in DR Congo, particularly the forming of a transitional government. Full text...

  • Amara Essy arrives on two-day visit to Kinshasa
    27 august 2003 19:58:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Former African Union (AU) Commission interim chairman Amara Essy arrives here Wednesday on a two-day visit to hold talks with DR Congo authorities on the peace process in the country. Full text...

  • Konare assumes AU Commission chair 16 September
    27 august 2003 16:00:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Former Malian President Alpha Omar Konare, is to assume the chair of the African (AU) Commission 16 September in Addis Ababa, following his election at the July AU summit in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • Mauritanian Baath group joins ruling party
    25 august 2003 21:45:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- An unregistered Arab nationalist Baath political party "Nouhoud" has decided to join Mauritania's ruling Republican and Social Democratic Party (PRDS) after unsuccessfully trying to win official recognition for several years. Full text...

  • Chissano commends Libya's role in Africa
    22 august 2003 16:07:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African Union Chair and Mozambican President Joachim Chissano, has ended a day's visit to Libya lauding relations between the two countries and commending Colonel Moammar Kadhafi for his leadership role in Africa. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Chissano discuss Africa
    21 august 2003 19:56:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi held discussions here Thursday with visiting Mozambican president and African Union (AU) chairman Joaquim Chissano. Full text...

  • Nigerian Minister urges regional monetary integration
    21 august 2003 17:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Co-operation and Integration in Africa Minister, Lawan Guba, Thursday urged financial institutions in West Africa to brace for the challenges of monetary integration in the sub-region. Full text...

  • AU condemns terrorist bombing of UN office in Iraq
    21 august 2003 08:13:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Commission of the African Union (AU) has condemned the terrorist bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, saying it was a horrendous act. Full text...

  • AU chairman, Swazi king meet in camera
    19 august 2003 21:17:00
    Lozitha- Swaziland (PANA) -- African Union Chairman and Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, together with former presidents Ketumile Masire of Botswana and Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia held talks here last Sunday with King Mswati III, the Times of Swaziland intimated Monday. Full text...

  • Chissano visits Brazzaville
    19 august 2003 13:19:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- African Union (AU) chair and Mozambican President Joachim Chissano is in Brazzaville to take part in a mini-summit on peace and security in the Central African region, particularly in Sao Tome and Principe, DR Congo and the Central African Republic (CAR), officials said. Full text...

  • Australian stance on Commonwealth sanction exasperates Harare
    17 august 2003 11:09:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Sunday took issue with Australia for insisting on the country's continued suspension from the Commonwealth, from which it was thrown out last year on grounds of human rights violations. Full text...

  • South Africa chairs AU meeting on Comoro crisis
    14 august 2003 10:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will Thursday chair a meeting of African Union (AU) countries aimed at resolving the Comoran constitutional crisis. Full text...

  • Mauritanian dies mysteriously in Austria
    13 august 2003 22:22:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The remains of a 34-year old Mauritanian, Cheibany Wague, who died under yet unexplained circumstances 15 July in Vienna, Austria, have been brought home, family sources said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Paper credits AU, international community with Taylor's exit
    13 august 2003 14:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The exit from power by former Liberian strongman Charles Taylor was a result of "superior fire," and "we owe the event to sustained international pressure," especially by the African Union (AU), a Kenyan daily contended Wednesday. Full text...

  • 'Fucking Nigger' is no insult, says Austrian court
    12 august 2003 09:14:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A court in Linz has dismissed a law suit filed by a Black African refugee against an Austrian policeman who called him "Fucking Nigger" at a road checkpoint, according to the French daily, Libération. Full text...

  • AU welcomes resignation of Liberian President Taylor
    11 august 2003 14:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor's decision to bow out of office and leave the war-torn West African country would be "scrupulously" respected, said Amara Essy, Interim Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives AU commission chairman
    10 august 2003 20:07:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan revolutionary leader, Col. Full text...

  • Maghreb judicial body has new chairman
    09 august 2003 10:05:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Tunisian lawyer Zouheir Moughafar has been appointed as the chairman of the judiciary of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), which just ended its meeting in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Chissano lauds African efforts on Sao Tome
    08 august 2003 20:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President and current chair of the African Union (AU), Joaquim Chissano, says the peaceful resolution of the recent political crisis in Sao Tome and Principe is proof that Africa is capable of resolving its internal crises. Full text...

  • Konare thanks Tunisia's Ben Ali
    08 august 2003 16:55:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali Friday in Tunis received Alpha Oumar Konare, President of the African Union (AU) Commission, who said he came to thank the Tunisian leader for supporting his recent election in Maputo. Full text...

  • Bujumbura, AU argue over EU aid
    07 august 2003 23:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi government has disapproved the allocation of part of the European Union (EU) funding to peacekeeping operations in the country by the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • AU members urged to ratify protocol on Peace Council
    07 august 2003 22:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President and African Union (AU) Chairman Joaquim Chissano reiterated on Thursday his appeal to AU members states that have not yet ratified the protocol for the creation of the AU Peace and Security Council to do so without further delay. Full text...

  • Chissano commends SADC unfolding defence pact
    07 august 2003 19:50:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has described the Mutual Defence Pact and the Politics, Defence and Security Strategic Plan of the Southern African development Community (SADC) being discussed in Maputo as instruments for the consolidation of unity and integration, not only of the region, but of Africa as a whole. Full text...

  • Chissano urges Burundi rebels to embrace peace
    07 august 2003 18:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, current chair of the African Union (AU), Thursday urged all rebel groups in Burundi to join the ceasefire agreement and consolidate peace in their country. Full text...

  • African Union names special envoy for Liberia
    07 august 2003 09:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- In its efforts to promote peace and stability in Liberia, the African Union (AU) Thursday announced the appointment of a special envoy to the war-ravaged West African nation. Full text...

  • Unknown gunmen attack hotel hosting AU mission
    29 july 2003 18:20:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Unknown gunmen Monday night attacked the Sahafi international hotel hosting the African Union military mission currently in Mogadishu to hold talks with Somali warring factions about the disarmament programme of Somalia immediately following the formation of a new Somali interim government. Full text...

  • AU reaffirms stand against coups
    29 july 2003 16:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- After the reversal of the recent coup in Sao Tome and Principe, the African Union (AU) is now considering ways to strengthen the effectiveness of its declaration on unconstitutional change of government. Full text...

  • AU seeks funds for African Mission in Burundi
    29 july 2003 16:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African ambassadors to the African Union (AU) have reiterated AU's appeal to the European Union and the United Nations for assistance to ensure the full deployment and operationalisation of the African Mission in Burundi. Full text...

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