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  • 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...

  • AU sends condolences to Morocco after earthquake
    25 february 2004 18:14:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Union's executive council has sent condolences to King Mohammed IV of Morocco following an earthquake that killed 564 people Monday in Al-Hoceima region along the Mediterranean coast, According to provisional statistics issued in Rabat Wednesday, 300 other people were injured, while 80 are still undergoing medical treatment. Full text...

  • Cape Verdean president leaves for AU summit
    24 february 2004 20:16:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde left Praia Tuesday for Libya to attend the 27-28 February extraordinary African Union summit to be held in Sirte, 450-km from Tripoli. Full text...

  • Senegal backs Libyan proposal for African army
    23 february 2004 22:08:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio said here Monday Libya's proposal for the creation of a single African army was in line with his country's constitution, which expresses preparedness to "partly or totally abandon of our sovereignty to build African unity". Full text...

  • South Africa still in the running to host Pan African Parliament
    23 february 2004 13:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa on Monday reaffirmed its commitment to host the Pan African Parliament, despite the opposition from Egypt and Libya who are also vying for the honour. Full text...

  • Cape Verde elects 5 MPs to UA Parliament
    22 february 2004 17:13:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde has elected its quota of five representatives to the African Union (UA) Parliament which begins sitting early March at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • African Ministers discuss defence, security in Sirte
    22 february 2004 10:42:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Defence and Security Ministers of African Union (AU) member countries Sunday began proceedings at the second such meeting on continental defence and security in the Libyan town of Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli. Full text...

  • Wade cites OMVS as model in African integration
    17 february 2004 17:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade Tuesday hailed the achievements of the Organisation for the Development of River Senegal (OMVS), noting that the body represented an example of successful integration in Africa. Full text...

  • NEPAD structures for integration in AU set-up
    14 february 2004 19:42:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The 9th summit of the Heads of State and Government on NEPAD ended here Saturday with the leaders adopting a resolution to integrate the NEPAD secretariat into the structures of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Wade defends good governance institute project
    14 february 2004 18:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade Saturday defended the establishment of a Pan-African institute for good governance, shortly before African leaders ended a two- day summit on NEPAD here. Full text...

  • Beninese economist chides Africa over slow integration
    13 february 2004 16:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Economics professor at Benin's University of Abomey-Calavi, Michel Dèdèhouanou says he believes African states were not yet totally prepared for regional economic integration and its attendant obligations. Full text...

  • Austrian farmers visit rural Ethiopia
    13 february 2004 09:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation of 14 Austrian farmers Friday began a four-day tour of Ethiopia's north-western Amhara State to exchange ideas with their local counterparts. Full text...

  • Kenyan daily urges early launch of regional customs union
    12 february 2004 15:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A leading Kenyan daily, "The East African Standard" Thursday called on regional leaders to sign the protocol establishing the East African Customs Union, without further delay. Full text...

  • Kenya names MPs to AU Parliament
    11 february 2004 09:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has nominated its five members to the African Union Parliament set to be launched next month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Eight African leaders to attend summit in Kigali
    10 february 2004 20:15:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- At least eight African at heads of state or high-level delegations will attend the first summit of countries that have joined the African peer group assessment mechanism under the New Partnership for Africa's Development (PANA) scheduled in Kigali Friday and Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin's parliament endorses AU Security Council
    09 february 2004 21:13:00
    Porto-Novo- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's parliament on Monday unanimously authorised President Mathieu Kérékou to ratify the protocol on the creation the African Union's Peace and Security Council adopted on 9 July 2002 in Durban, South Africa. Full text...

  • Konare proposes new financing formula for AU
    09 february 2004 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Commission Chair, Alpha Oumar Konare has promised to unveil a new formula for effective financing of the continental body to jump-start Africa's integration. Full text...

  • AU Commission chair consults with Eyadema
    06 february 2004 22:46:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Visiting African Union (AU) Commission chairman Alpha Oumar Konare met here Friday with President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo. Full text...

  • Rwanda elects five MPs to Pan-African Parliament
    05 february 2004 18:49:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan parliament has elected three deputies and two Senators to the Pan-African Parliament due to be inaugurated in March in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD marks sixth anniversary
    04 february 2004 23:33:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Member countries of the Community of Sahel Saharan States (CEN-SAD) Wednesday marked the sixth anniversary of the bloc launched in 1998 on the initiative of Libyan leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone completes ex-combatants' reintegration
    04 february 2004 13:24:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has ordered closure of the secretariat of National Committee for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (NCDDR) in Sierra Leone effective 31 March 2004 after certifying competition of the exercise. Full text...

  • CEMAC chair Sassou Nguesso seeks regional peace
    29 january 2004 21:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo, who currently chairs the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC), has urged his colleagues to nurture a "peaceful" community through genuine sub-regional solidarity. Full text...

  • Kabah confers with Kadhafi
    28 january 2004 16:06:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Kadhafi and visiting Sierra Leonean President Ahmed Tejan Kabah, Tuesday discussed preparations for the African Union (AU) extra-ordinary summit slated for February in Sirte, 450-km east of Tripoli, official sources said in the Libyan capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • Eyadema receives Kadhafi's invitation to AU Summit
    27 january 2004 16:46:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema has held talks with visiting Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Mohammed Almadani Al Azhari, who brought him an invitation from Libyan leader Colonel Kadhafi to the African Union extra-ordinary summit slated for 27 February in Sirte, Libya. Full text...

  • President Kerekou to attend extraordinary AU summit
    27 january 2004 12:58:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- President Mathieu Kerekou of Benin has received an invitation from Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Kadhafi to attend an extraordinary summit of the African Union billed for 27 February in the Libyan resort of Syrte, officials sources confirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • UEMOA Commission new chair in Cote d'Ivoire
    26 january 2004 15:39:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Newly elected Chair of the eight-nation West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Commission, Mali's Soumaila Cisse, was met in Abidjan Monday by Ivorian Senior Minister in charge of Economy and Finance, Bohoun Bouabre. Full text...

  • Australian Fisheries Minister visits Reunion
    23 january 2004 20:05:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Australian Fisheries, Forestry and Environment Minister Ian Mac Donald is in Reunion on a visit aimed at strengthening co-operation on the surveillance of territorial waters and fish resources, official sources said in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Africa sues for cultural diversity
    21 january 2004 19:58:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission chairman Alpha Oumar Konare pledged here Tuesday that Africa would be present at all fronts in the advocacy for cultural diversity worldwide. Full text...

  • Cape Verde suggests special status for Island States
    16 january 2004 19:22:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's Prime Minister José Maria Neves has urged African organisations to accord special status to the continent's Island states so that their peculiar conditions could be internationally recognised. Full text...

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