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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • 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...

  • Austria grants 10m euro to Cape Verde
    25 july 2003 23:00:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Austrian government has granted Cape Verde 10 million euro for the 2003-2005 period under an agreement recently concluded in Praia, official sources told PANA here. Full text...

  • AU military mission in Somalia
    23 july 2003 12:56:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- An African Union (AU) military mission has arrived here to study the possibility of sending African troops to Somalia to disarm the warring militias when a federal government is formed at ongoing peace talks in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Uganda completes task on Pan-African Parliament protocol
    23 july 2003 08:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Establishing the Pan-African Parliament will be an additional medium and catalyst for peaceful resolution of conflicts that persistently rack the continent, a Ugandan diplomat has said. Full text...

  • Malagasy president plans African tour
    23 july 2003 07:46:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy president Marc Ravalomanana is expected to visit Senegal, Mali and Zambia beginning next Sunday following a two-day trip to Reunion, official sources announced here. Full text...

  • CEEAC experts convene in Brazzaville
    22 july 2003 22:15:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Experts from the Economic Community of Central African States (CEEAC) are meeting here to prepare for the extraordinary ministerial council of the members of this sub- regional institution slated for 24-25 July in the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • AU trade official sees benefits for Africa in globalisation
    22 july 2003 15:37:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The new AU Commissioner for Trade and Industry has expressed strong optimism that Africa can draw benefits from the positive effects of globalisation through organised actions. Full text...

  • Mugabe urges stronger African unity
    22 july 2003 15:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Tuesday urged closer ties among African countries to counter-balance growing military unilateralism by Western powers. Full text...

  • Burkinabe dailies analyse conclusions of AU Summit
    19 july 2003 17:37:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe press lengthily commented this week on the conclusions of the African Union (AU) summit held in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • African leaders meet in Abuja on Sao Tome
    18 july 2003 14:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, African Union (AU) chair and Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, and deposed Sao Tome and Principe President, Fradique Bandeira de Menezes, met in Abuja Friday as part of continuing diplomatic efforts to restore constitutional government in the small Island where the military seized power Wednesday. Full text...

  • Benin press hails Konaré's election
    18 july 2003 09:47:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Newspapers in Benin have hailed this week's election of Alpha Omar Konaré as AU Commission chairman during its summit in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • AU mission arrives to put Comoros peace process on track
    17 july 2003 19:11:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- A top-level goodwill mission of the African Union (AU) has arrived in Moroni to embark on putting the national reconciliation process on track and help identify full establishment of institutions of the Comoros Union. Full text...

  • Experts discuss development of SMEs in UEMOA
    16 july 2003 16:23:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Experts of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) on Wednesday began a two-day workshop here aimed at promoting and funding Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the sub-region. Full text...

  • AU chair calls for return of constitutional order in Sao Tome
    16 july 2003 16:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African Union (AU) chair and Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano, Wednesday called on the authors of the dawn coup in Sao Tome to "restore constitutional order" immediately. Full text...

  • South African Minister leads AU delegation to Comoros
    16 july 2003 09:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is leading an AU delegation on a two-day visit to the Comoros as part regional efforts to help resolve that country's constitutional crisis. Full text...

  • AU Troika meets over Comoros crisis
    15 july 2003 19:41:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- South African Foreign minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is in Moroni to attend the meeting of the African Union (AU) Troika on the Comoros crisis, sources said here. Full text...

  • Cameroonians hail Tankeu's election on AU Commission
    14 july 2003 15:58:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The government-run daily Cameroon Tribune Monday hailed the election of Cameroonian Elisabeth Tankeu as the African Union's commissioner for trade and industry as a success for the country's diplomatic posture. Full text...

  • South African paper protests Mugabe's new AU post
    14 july 2003 14:42:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa - South Africa's privat-e "Star" newspaper Monday questioned the decision by the African Union (AU) to elect Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as its vice-chair to represent the Southern African region at the just-ended AU summit in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • Kadhafi accuses the West of psychological war against Africa
    13 july 2003 11:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has accused the West of "waging a psychological war" against Africa through "merciless campaigns" such as the AIDS pandemic, yellow fever and malaria. Full text...

  • Tanzania to host Afro-Arab trade fair December
    13 july 2003 10:06:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Arab Bank for African Development (BADEA) has accepted to shoulder the costs for 20 least-developed African countries that are ready to participate in this year's Afro-Arab Trade Fair. Full text...

  • Kadhafi calls on West to treat Africa as equal partner
    12 july 2003 23:53:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The West "has eaten our flesh raw and committed historic crimes by engaging in the slave trade and making huge fortunes from it," Libya's Colonel Kadhafi declared Saturday night in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • AU extraordinary summits set for water and defence issues
    12 july 2003 23:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Colonel Moammar Kadhafi affirmed on Saturday that the African Union intended to hold two extraordinary summits on a common defence and the redistribution of water resources in Africa. Full text...

  • Burkinabe NGO organises 'Integration Week'
    12 july 2003 20:56:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The maiden edition of an integration week was launched here Friday with the aim of promoting tourism, culture and better cooperation within the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). Full text...

  • Maputo AU summit calls for 'Council on the future of the Union'
    12 july 2003 20:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The second summit of the African Union recommended shortly before closing Saturday, the setting up of a "Council on the future of the Union," and detailed the AU Commission to carry out feasibility studies for its operation. Full text...

  • Kadhafi for the destruction of WMD world-wide
    12 july 2003 20:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Colonel Moammar Kadhafi of Libya has called for the elimination of all forms of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons on the entire planet, affirming that the African continent is not affected by this type of weapons and the phenomenon of terrorism. Full text...

  • Mugabe savours AU election
    12 july 2003 19:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Saturday his election as African Union (AU) vice-chair for Southern Africa is a show of support by African countries for his government in its stand-off with powerful Western countries opposed to his rule. Full text...

  • Kadhafi says 'AIDS is a peaceful virus'
    12 july 2003 19:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Saturday in Maputo described AIDS as "a peaceful virus," which should not frighten Africans. Full text...

  • Chissano gives qualified support to US role in Liberia
    12 july 2003 19:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- AU chair and Mozambican President, Joaquim Chissano Saturday gave qualified support to US peace role in Liberia. Full text...

  • 9 September now African Union Day
    12 july 2003 17:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African Union Day will now be celebrated 9 September every year, instead of 2 March, the Maputo summit decided Saturday. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa to host 3rd AU Summit, not Madagascar
    12 july 2003 17:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Madagascar, which had offered since July 1999 to host the 3rd African Union summit in 2004, finally withdrew Saturday in Maputo, citing constraints and difficulties resulting from its just-ended political crisis. Full text...

  • AU wants year 2004 devoted to sports
    12 july 2003 16:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Assembly of the African Union (AU) has accepted Tunisia's proposal for 2004 to be devoted to physical education and sports to boost development and world peace. Full text...

  • Slow protocol ratification delays Pan-African Parliament
    12 july 2003 16:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The protocol to the Treaty Establishing the African Economic Community relating to the Pan- African Parliament needs 24 more ratifications to enter into force, it was disclosed here Saturday. Full text...

  • AU Assembly winds up second ordinary session
    12 july 2003 16:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African heads of state and government ended their annual summit here Saturday after mapping a common vision for the African Union and adopting a common agenda and programme of activities. Full text...

  • Konare, 3 AU Commissioners take oath of office
    12 july 2003 15:41:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The newly-elected Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali took the oath of office here Saturday, shortly before the Union's Assembly ended its second ordinary session. Full text...

  • Ten commissioners to shoulder Africa's challenges
    12 july 2003 15:13:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A team comprising an equal number of men and women with ages ranging from 47 to 55 years will take charge of the African Union directorate effective 12 July after swearing in before the second annual summit of the AU, which concludes its deliberations in Maputo Saturday. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou to host African summit on poverty
    12 july 2003 13:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- An extraordinary summit on employment and poverty alleviation in Africa will be held next year in Burkina Faso, it was confirmed here Saturday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Chairman praises AU Summit for landmark decisions
    12 july 2003 13:36:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Kufuor Saturday praised African leaders for taking decisions aimed at accelerating continental development, curbing conflicts and pulling Africa out of exclusion. Full text...

  • South Africa, Egypt to further AU talks
    12 july 2003 13:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Fresh from the African Union (AU) Summit in Maputo, the Foreign Affairs Departments of South Africa and Egypt Saturday announced they would hold talks on a number of political and economic issues. Full text...

  • AU summit praises ACHPR for work well done
    12 july 2003 13:13:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Leaders attending the second ordinary summit of the African Union have commended the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) "for the excellent work accomplished during the past year". Full text...

  • AU seeks EU support to set up peace facility
    12 july 2003 13:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African leaders Saturday welcomed "the dynamic and reinforcing partnership" developing between the African Union and the European Union in promoting peace, security and stability on their continent. Full text...

  • Kadhafi's initiative no longer subjected to sarcasm
    12 july 2003 13:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union (AU), currently holding its second ordinary summit in Maputo, Mozambique, is no longer subjected to mockery and sarcasm from either within or outside the continent. Full text...

  • Religious leaders send message of hope as AU summit ends
    12 july 2003 12:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The governing Council of the South African Christian Leadership Assembly (SACLA), currently meeting in Pretoria, Saturday expressed "deep concern" about the wars and breakdown of governance in a number of African countries. Full text...

  • AU summit approves revised convention on natural resources
    12 july 2003 12:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Assembly of the African Union has approved the revised 1968 African Convention on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Full text...

  • African Union seeks solution to EPA deadlock
    12 july 2003 12:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union have emphasised the need for a speedy resumption of negotiations to end the deadlock in the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the European Union and ACP (African Caribbean Pacific) group of nations. Full text...

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