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29th African Union Summit,
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  • CEN-SAD secretary general visits Morocco Saturday
    24 december 2004 07:25:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Community of Sahel- Saharan States (Cen-Sad), Mohamed Al Madani Al Azhari, begins a three-day official visit to Morocco Thursday at the invitation of the kingdom's minister of foreign affairs and co-operation, Mohamed Benaïssa. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD secretary general visits Morocco
    23 december 2004 23:15:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The secretary general of the Community of Sahel and Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Mohamed Al Madani Al Azhari is due here next Saturday for a three-day official visit to Morocco, at the invitation of Foreign Affairs minister Mohamed Benaïssa. Full text...

  • EALA passes EAC customs union bill
    23 december 2004 15:03:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has passed a customs management bill meant to harmonise trade and customs of the East African Community (EAC). Full text...

  • OMVS Ministers meet in Nouakchott
    22 december 2004 18:11:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The 54th ministerial session of the Organisation for the Development of Senegal River, OMVS, underway in Nouakchott is discussing the organisation's action plans and budget proposals for 2005, delegates said in the Mauritanian capital Wednesday. Full text...

  • EAC signs free trade treaty despite Ugandan tariff hurdle
    18 december 2004 18:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The advances towards an East African Community (EAC) free trade area got its second biggest boost Friday with the unanimous passage of the Customs Union Management Bill, clearing the way for the free cross border entry of goods by January. Full text...

  • Lecturer faults delay in West African Integration
    18 december 2004 17:35:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The lack of political will on the part of governments "is one of the hindrances to sub-regional integration in West Africa," according to Prof. Full text...

  • Mauritania plays down Libya's withdrawal from AMU chair
    16 december 2004 10:55:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Libya's withdrawal from the chair of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) brings nothing new to the sub- regional organisation, Hamoud Ould Abdy, Mauritania's communication minister and government spokesman has said in Nouakchott. Full text...

  • Fresh hostilities in DR Congo worry AU
    15 december 2004 22:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Alpha Oumar Konare, on Wednesday expressed "serious concerns" over the fighting in Kanyabayonga, east of the DR Congo between dissident elements and the armed forces of the DR Congo sent to the area by the supreme defence council to reinforce the 8th military region. Full text...

  • Ivorian ex-rebels contemplate meeting with AU mediator
    15 december 2004 08:55:00
    Bouake- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The former Ivorian rebel coalition now called New Forces indicated plans Tuesday to meet President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa "as soon as possible" for further discussions on proposals they made when the African Union (AU) mediator met them here a week ago. Full text...

  • SADC meeting assesses regional defence cooperation
    13 december 2004 16:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's Deputy Defence Minister, Henrique Banze, said in Maputo on Monday that the establishment of an African Rapid Reaction Force, ready to go into operation anywhere on the continent, is a challenge to the organisational capacity of the member countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Full text...

  • Kibaki nudges Kenyans to brace for open East African market
    12 december 2004 20:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the business community awaits the coming into force of the East African Customs Union Management Bill, currently before the regional assembly, President Mwai Kibaki has urged Kenyans to prepare goods and services for the wider market. Full text...

  • Ministers adopt UEMOA budget
    10 december 2004 21:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A ministerial meeting of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Commission has ended here, with the approval of the 2005 budget of 50. Full text...

  • AU optimistic as 4th session of Darfur talks opens
    10 december 2004 14:50:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Friday expressed optimism that the fourth session of the Darfur talks in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, would achieve greater success than previous sessions. Full text...

  • Tripoli hails results of Cuzco summit
    09 december 2004 23:34:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan government has expressed satisfaction with the birth Wednesday in Cuzco, Peru of the South American Community of Nations (SCN) grouping 12 countries. Full text...

  • Libya relinquishes chairmanship of Arab Maghreb Union
    08 december 2004 22:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya Wednesday relinquished the chairmanship of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), accusing some member States of violating the organisation's Charter, an official statement said in Tripoli. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council remembers Yasser Arafat
    06 december 2004 17:57:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African foreign ministers meeting here as the Executive Council of the African Union Monday observed a minute of silence in tribute to the late Palestinian State leader Yasser Arafat. Full text...

  • Executive Council discusses AU's Solidarity Budget
    06 december 2004 17:36:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Executive Council late Monday started consideration of the Union's operational budget and work programme, which, diplomats say, is designed to address the challenges facing the continent at the outset of the 21st Century. Full text...

  • Museveni due in Zambia for COMESA anniversary
    06 december 2004 13:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is expected in Zambia Wednesday to take part in a round table discussion marking the 10th anniversary of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Full text...

  • Foreign ministers discuss AU budget for 2005
    06 december 2004 08:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Foreign Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday ahead of the African Union's Extraordinary Session of the Executive Council of Foreign Ministers scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, an official source said here. Full text...

  • Economists back East African unity bid
    04 december 2004 20:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A leading economist said here Saturday that the proposed East African Community (EAC) Political Federation and the implementation of the Customs Union Protocol will enlarge the regional market and promote trade by removing barriers. Full text...

  • AU mediator stresses need to amend Ivorian article 35
    04 december 2004 15:20:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Discussions between visiting South African President Thabo Mbeki and stakeholders in the Ivorian crisis, which entered their second day Saturday mainly centred on the proposed amendment of article 35 of the constitution to pave the way for free and fair elections in 2005, reliable sources disclosed. Full text...

  • AU condemns attack on military observer in Darfur
    04 december 2004 09:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union has warned against any attack on members of its observer mission in the troubled Darfur region of Sudan, saying such an incident could send the wrong signal to potential troops contributing member States. Full text...

  • AU welcomes Transitional Federal Government of Somalia
    03 december 2004 13:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare has hailed the formation of a fully-fledged Transitional Federal Government of Somalia as a crowning success following the conclusion of the National Reconciliation Conference in neighbouring Kenya. Full text...

  • AU consults on strategy to combat HIV/AIDS
    01 december 2004 12:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A technical consultation on the development of an integrated strategy and action plan of the African Union to combat the spread of HIV in the continent opens here Thursday, AU Commission sources indicated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU chairman visits Kinshasa, Kigali
    30 november 2004 13:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Nigeria president and chairman of the African Union (AU) Olusegun Obasanjo is due here this week in the first stop of a trip that will also take him to Kigali, Rwanda, official sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Norway supports AU peace and security agenda
    29 november 2004 19:49:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Norway has contributed $895,911 in support of the peace and security agenda of the African Union, under a donor partnership initiative managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), official sources disclosed here Monday. Full text...

  • EAC leaders pursue bid for regional federation
    26 november 2004 18:49:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A summit of East African Community heads of State endorsed a time frame Friday for defining the modalities for setting up a political federation by the year 2010. Full text...

  • AU embraces Ethiopia's move to end border dispute
    26 november 2004 14:27:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konaré has welcomed Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's pronouncement that his country has accepted, in principle, the decision of the Ethiopia-Eritrea Boundary Commission (EEBC). Full text...

  • East African industrialists want rapid implementation of trade pact
    23 november 2004 13:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Procedural bureaucracy was delaying Kenya's ratification of the East African Community (EAC) Customs Union Protocol, supposed to be a free trade deal with neighbouring Uganda and Tanzania, the country's Regional Cooperation Minister John Koech told industrialists here Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU urged to set up African Human Rights Court
    21 november 2004 17:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human rights groups from South Africa Sunday in Dakar called on member countries of the African Union to speedily set up the African Human Rights Court without any further delay. Full text...

  • AU looking at single monetary currency
    17 november 2004 15:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The African Union's economic commission has begun preparatory work on the creation of a common currency for the continent as a way of fostering trade and business and integrating communities, an official of the union, Maxwell Mkwezalamba, disclosed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • AU force ensures security for Burundi leaders
    17 november 2004 12:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Political leaders of the transition period in Burundi will continue to benefit from the protection of an African Union (AU) force until general elections scheduled for April 2005, according to a decision of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC). Full text...

  • AU urges political solution to Ivorian crisis
    17 november 2004 09:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The current crisis in Côte d'Ivoire can only be resolved through peaceful and political means, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council has stated. Full text...

  • AU asks Security Council to consider African conflicts
    17 november 2004 08:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union has called on the UN Security Council to address the various conflict situations on the continent during its meetings in Nairobi, Kenya this week. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Parliament wants study on environment
    11 november 2004 22:14:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The Committee on the environment and natural resources at the ECOWAS parliament envisages an enquiry into the state of the environment in member countries, committee chairman Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal indicated here. Full text...

  • Sudanese welcome Darfur peace Protocol
    11 november 2004 19:58:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese nationals have welcomed the signing Tuesday of humanitarian and security peace protocols in Abuja, Nigeria by parties to the Darfur conflict. Full text...

  • AU flag at half-mast to mourn Arafat's death
    11 november 2004 16:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) flag at its secretariat here is flying at half-mast for three days starting Thursday to mourn the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Full text...

  • Austria grants Uganda 700,000 euros to boost info-tech
    11 november 2004 13:48:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Austria has provided 700,000 euros in grant to the Uganda Business Information Network (UBIN) to establish eight information centres in rural areas of the East African nation. Full text...

  • AU flag at half-mast to mourn Arafat's death
    11 november 2004 13:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) flag at its secretariat here is flying at half-mast for three days starting Thursday to mourn the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Full text...

  • AU condoles with Palestinians on Arafat's passing
    11 november 2004 12:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare has described the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat as "a hero of the Palestinian struggle who pursued the noble cause till his end. Full text...

  • Konare names AU special representative in Sudan
    11 november 2004 08:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare has appointed Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe as his special representative in Sudan, it was officially announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • GM to supply vehicles to Tunisia
    10 november 2004 19:20:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- General Motors East Africa has won a 25- million dollar tender to supply motor vehicle assembly equipment to Tunisia. Full text...

  • AU ordinary summit postponed
    10 november 2004 17:23:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) annual summit scheduled for June 2005 in Sudan has been postponed to November 2005, authoritative sources in the Sudanese Foreign Ministry said in Khartoum Wednesday. Full text...

  • South African president arrives in Abidjan
    09 november 2004 13:11:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki of south Africa arrived here Tuesday on an African Union (AU) mediation mission to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Obasanjo urges Darfur parties to sign protocols
    08 november 2004 18:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has met parties to the Sudan talks for the second time in a week in Abuja and urged them to sign the two protocols already agreed, so as to move the peace process forward. Full text...

  • AU tells Ivorian leader to ensure public security
    08 november 2004 09:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Commission of the African Union has called on President Laurent Gbagbo of Côte d'Ivoire and all political and social leaders in the West African country to exert all efforts to maintain calm and ensure the safety and protection of life and property. Full text...

  • Lesotho ratifies five AU conventions
    07 november 2004 09:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Lesotho simultaneously has deposited with the Commission of the African Union instruments of ratification of five treaties, commonly referred to as "the Maputo conventions. Full text...

  • AU hails adoption of constitutional bill in Burundi
    02 november 2004 19:20:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Tuesday hailed recent political developments in Burundi, particularly the adoption of a bill on an interim constitution few days ago by Parliament and the Senate. Full text...

  • AU slates forum on disarmament in Somalia
    02 november 2004 16:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) will host a major international donors conference in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Thursday to draw up a disarmament blueprint for post-war Somalia. Full text...

  • Somali Islamic clerics against peacekeepers
    29 october 2004 15:29:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Islamic clerics and court officials in Mogadishu have opposed the proposed deployment of international peacekeepers to Somalia citing several reasons including culture and language barriers, the spread of HIV/AIDS and skirmishes between local militiamen and the foreign troops. Full text...

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