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28th Summit of the African Union
Addis Ababa Ethiopia - 22 -31 Jan. 2017
  • Bouteflika announces revision of Algerian family code
    06 july 2004 23:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika disclosed here Tuesday that new provisions would soon be introduced into the Algerian family code to "balance out the rights and obligations of both spouses". Full text...

  • New AU bureau
    06 july 2004 22:32:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The new 15-strong bureau of the African Union chaired by President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria was appointed by consensus Tuesday in compliance with geographical representation as provided for by the rules of the continental organisation. Full text...

  • French deputy minister attends AU summit
    06 july 2004 22:06:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Deputy Minister for Cooperation Xavier Darcos is attending the third African Union (AU) summit that kicked off Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Foreign ministry spokesperson Herve Ladsous announced here. Full text...

  • AU summit moots development fund for women
    06 july 2004 20:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- After equal representation within the commission, which was gained at the Durban summit in July 2002, African women were the very first beneficiaries of the AU summit here with the decision soon after the opening session Tuesday to create a "special fund for the development of the African woman". Full text...

  • African debt: Reinforcing the can't pay, won't pay argument
    06 july 2004 20:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- By asking African countries to ignore debts owed western creditors, American economics professor Jeffrey Sachs is reinforcing a position that may sound unpopular to the creditors, but which deserves closer attention given the failure of all efforts so far to get the debtors to pay. Full text...

  • Juggling new ambitions and old habits in the transition to the AU
    06 july 2004 20:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The report submitted to the executive council of the African Union (AU) last Sunday by AU Commission chairperson Alpha Konare reflected a clear vision of the transition from the old structures of the defunct OAU to the new dispensation ushered in by the AU. Full text...

  • Some African leaders discuss Cote d'Ivoire in Addis Ababa
    06 july 2004 18:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- On the sidelines of the AU summit afoot here, Presidents Laurent Gbagbo (Cote d'Ivoire), Amadou Toumani Toure (Mali), Blaise Compaore (Burkina Faso), Omar Bongo Ondimba (Gabon), Joaquim Chissano (Mozambique), Mathieu Kerekou (Benin), Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria) and Abdoulaye Wade (Senegal) met Tuesday to discuss the Ivorian crisis. Full text...

  • Addis Ababa hosts mini-summit on Cote d'Ivoire
    06 july 2004 18:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Eight African leaders Tuesday held a mini-summit in Addis Ababa devoted to the Ivorian crisis on the sidelines of the 2004 annual assembly of the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Annan deplores use of sexual violence as war weapon
    06 july 2004 18:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has deplored the continued use of sexual and gender-based violence as a weapon of war in African conflicts. Full text...

  • Konare urges African leaders to change strategy
    06 july 2004 14:08:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare Tuesday in Addis Ababa urged African leaders to change their strategy of dealing with the ills that have bedevilled the continent for several decades. Full text...

  • AI wants effective African Court on Human Rights
    06 july 2004 13:55:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Amnesty International (AI) Tuesday urged the African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of State and Government meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to ensure the establishment of an effective and functioning African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights (African Court). Full text...

  • Zimbabwe escapes AU human rights scrutiny
    06 july 2004 12:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe said Tuesday it had escaped scrutiny of its human rights record at the African Union (AU) summit in Ethiopia after a draft report compiled by a commission of the continental body was thrown out on grounds it was drafted irregularly. Full text...

  • AU expresses concern over situation in Darfur
    06 july 2004 12:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The fifth ordinary session of the African Union's Executive Council, which ended here on Monday, expressed concerns about the risk of regional destabilisation likely to be prompted by the crisis in the Sudanese region of Darfur. Full text...

  • World leaders send messages to AU summit
    06 july 2004 12:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa's opportunity to realise peace has become distinct because the African Union is actively engaged in more peace-related programmes than ever before, Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has said in a message to the third ordinary summit of the AU. Full text...

  • Chissano says goodbye as Obasanjo takes over AU chair
    06 july 2004 12:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria Tuesday took over as head of the African Union (AU) from his Mozambican counterpart Joaquim Chissano, who bade his peers farewell in his last AU summit as president. Full text...

  • AU calls for adherence to Liberian peace process
    06 july 2004 12:05:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 5th ordinary session of the African Union's Executive Council, which ended here Monday, called on the international community to financially support programmes related to disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration (DDR), humanitarian operations and reconstruction in Liberia. Full text...

  • UK minister upbeat about AU's future
    06 july 2004 11:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union has the opportunity now to set the stage for sustainable development, peace and security for the people of Africa into the future, Britain's Minister for Africa, Chris Mullin has said. Full text...

  • Obasanjo to speed up AU Commission reorganisation
    06 july 2004 11:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Acceleration of the ongoing restructuring exercise in the African Union (AU) Commission is the priority task that the Union's new chair has set for himself. Full text...

  • Meles on Commission for Africa's role in poverty war
    06 july 2004 11:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The British-backed Commission for Africa could provide the impetus needed to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger from the continent, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Tuesday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital. Full text...

  • Chissano bids AU Assembly farewell
    06 july 2004 10:58:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- It does not suffice for African leaders to claim this century as the century of Africa without committing themselves in the implementation of development programmes of the continent, Mozambican President Joaquim Alberto Chissano stated here Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU warns Somalis to form govt or face sanctions
    06 july 2004 10:45:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union (AU) has warned all factional leaders and parties in Somalia to observe the 31 July deadline for the formation of a government of national unity or face sanctions from the international community upon failure to comply. Full text...

  • AU council reiterates support for DRC govt
    06 july 2004 10:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The fifth ordinary session of African Union's executive council has reiterated in Addis Ababa its support for the national unity government of the DR Congo, in addition to expressing "deep concern" over the political situation prevailing in the country. Full text...

  • SA opposition urges AU summit to focus Zimbabwe
    06 july 2004 09:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition the Democratic Alliance has called on African leaders attending the AU summit in Addis Ababa to convene a special meeting aimed at planning and adopting a road map on Zimbabwe that would resolve the crisis in that country. Full text...

  • AU council adopts additional protocol on terrorism
    06 july 2004 09:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The fifth ordinary session of the African Union's Executive Council has adopted an additional protocol to the convention on the prevention and fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • Deadlock in Ethiopia-Eritrea peace process worries AU
    06 july 2004 09:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The AU Executive Council has expressed "deep concerns" about the apparent deadlock in the peace process between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Full text...

  • AU calls for contributions to Digital Solidarity Fund
    06 july 2004 09:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) is set to call on the local communities, the civil society organisations and the private sector to contribute to the Digital Solidarity Fund set up during the World Conference on New Information and Communication Technologies in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Annan sees conflicts in Africa as bane to AU's new vision
    06 july 2004 09:33:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UN secretary-general Kofi Annan is greatly perturbed by the recent upsurge in violence and human rights abuses in eastern DR Congo, continued instability in Cote d'Ivoire, and persistent tension between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Full text...

  • AU executive council recommends bank for basic products
    06 july 2004 09:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU)'s executive council has recommended the creation of an African bank for basic products in order to reduce price fluctuation of strategic raw materials and improve the position of African producers on the global markets. Full text...

  • UN Habitat Boss Wants Urbanisation in AU Vision
    06 july 2004 08:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Anna Tibaijuka has described the African Union (AU) Vision and Mission unveiled here as a "good starting point", but observed that it lacked several aspects of demographic challenges posed by urbanisation in Africa. Full text...

  • DR Congo to speak out at AU Summit
    05 july 2004 23:37:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo Foreign minister Antoine Ghonda, who arrived in Addis Ababa last weekend said the country would seize the platform of the African Union summit opening there Tuesday to voice its grievances. Full text...

  • AU contemplates unified telecom numbering zone
    05 july 2004 23:31:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A feasibility study for a Pan- African project to create a unified telecom numbering zone will soon be entrusted to an inter-institution coordination committee comprising IUT, UAT, NEPAD, RASCOM, ADB and regional economic blocs, official sources indicated here Monday. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council ends meeting in Addis Ababa
    05 july 2004 23:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 5th ordinary session of the AU Executive Council closed here Monday evening after an uninterrupted marathon session lasting more than nine hours and devoted to a review of some 60 draft decisions for submission to the heads of state summit opening Tuesday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • AU executive council urges networking of African customs
    05 july 2004 23:20:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A network of African customs departments and unions will soon be put in place, sources close to the AU Executive Council told PANA Monday. Full text...

  • AU executive council seeks extension of AGOA beyond 2008
    05 july 2004 23:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Foreign ministers meeting ahead of the African Union summit opening here Tuesday have indicated plans to press for the US to scale up the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Full text...

  • AU executive council worries over situation in Cote d'Ivoire
    05 july 2004 21:52:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The 5th ordinary session of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), which completed its proceedings here Monday, expressed "grave concern" at the situation in Côte d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • AU guns for African Charter on good governance
    05 july 2004 20:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union has recommended that the AU Commission convene a meeting of jurists with a view to drawing up a draft African charter on elections, democracy and governance. Full text...

  • AU satisfied with preparations towards Great Lakes Summit
    05 july 2004 19:59:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The AU executive council expressed satisfaction Monday with the "remarkable progress in preparations for the international conference on the region of the Great Lakes" billed for 16-20 November 2004. Full text...

  • AU calls for sanctions against Burundi rebels
    05 july 2004 19:50:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union (AU), which closes its 5th ordinary session here Monday, has asked the AU peace and security council (CPS) to consider appropriate political and judicial measures against the PALIPEHUTU-FNL rebel movement in Burundi. Full text...

  • AU urges fair trial for suspected Malabo mercenaries
    05 july 2004 19:42:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The executive council of the African Union (AU) Monday urged the authorities in Equatorial Guinea to ensure a fair trial for suspected mercenaries currently detained in Malabo. Full text...

  • African Union to deploy 300 troops in Sudan's Darfur
    05 july 2004 19:14:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) will soon deploy a 300-member protection force from four countries in west Sudan's troubled Darfur region, the director of the AU peace and Security Council, ambassador Sam Ibok, revealed Monday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • ECOWAS urges Ivorian parties to embrace peace
    05 july 2004 16:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The mediation and security council of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) insisted here Sunday that the G7, a coalition of seven out of the 10 signatories of the Linas-Marcoussis peace agreement, need to re-join the government of national reconciliation. Full text...

  • Gabonese leader off to AU summit in Ethiopia
    05 july 2004 16:00:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo Ondimba will leave Libreville Monday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he will attend from 6 to 8 July a summit of the African Union, an official source said. Full text...

  • Ghana urges Kadhafi to attend AU summit
    05 july 2004 15:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Visiting Ghanaian President John Kufuor Monday reiterated an appeal on the Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi to attend the third African Union (AU) summit opening Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Libyan News Agency (JANA) reported. Full text...

  • Kadhafi equation haunts Addis Ababa proceedings
    05 july 2004 15:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi's attendance or non-attendance at the third African Union (AU) summit (6-9 July) has fuelled speculation among the diplomatic community bound by confidentiality on themes that do not serve their interests and strategies. Full text...

  • ECOWAS calls for resumption of Ivorian cabinet sessions
    05 july 2004 15:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Mediation and Security Council of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has urged the Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and other politicians to revive activities of the national reconciliation government and implement the Linas-Marcoussis agreements. Full text...

  • African summit to examine 59 draft decisions
    05 july 2004 14:47:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Leaders at the 3rd African Union (AU) summit opening here Tuesday will examine 59 draft decisions prepared by African foreign ministers and ambassadors accredited to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the continental body's headquarters. Full text...

  • Sudan asks AU for protection against 'outsiders'
    05 july 2004 13:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sudan has appealed to the African Union (AU) for protection against external negative influences and isolation by some sections of the international community. Full text...

  • Mbeki departs Monday for AU summit in Addis Ababa
    05 july 2004 13:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki is expected to depart Monday at the head of the South African delegation to the African Union (AU) summit scheduled 6-8 July in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • President Wade leaves for AU summit in Ethiopia
    05 july 2004 13:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade left Dakar Monday for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to attend the 3rd ordinary summit of the African Union (AU), an official source said in the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Mozambique makes turn around recovery in agriculture
    05 july 2004 12:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Mozambique is bouncing out of food aid dependence as a result of an effective partnership with international partners in revamping the agricultural sector, President Joaquim Alberto Chissano disclosed here Monday. Full text...

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