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  • Structural handicaps retard development in Africa
    10 july 2003 13:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Lack of progress in several African countries to join the circle of prosperity is not about lack of trying to put good institutions, policies and growth in place, says Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Full text...

  • Executive Council tables 41 recommendations for AU leaders
    10 july 2003 12:49:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union's Executive Council, which comprises African Foreign Ministers, at the end of a three-day meeting here, Wednesday tabled some 41 recommendations for endorsement by the Summit of Heads of State and Government now convening here. Full text...

  • UNDP wants urgent action on Millennium Development Goals
    10 july 2003 12:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme Thursday re-emphasised the urgency for the world to act "immediately and decisively" to ensure that the Millennium Development Goals are achieved by 2015. Full text...

  • 60 million Africans touched by AIDS, says UNAIDS chief
    10 july 2003 12:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Involving people living with HIV in the AIDS response, as well as the broadest possible coalition in society, would be the only way to succeed in turning back the epidemic, UNAIDS executive director Peter Piot said here Thursday. Full text...

  • AU welcomes Madagascar back into continental body
    10 july 2003 12:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The year-long impasse over Madagascar's barring from the African Union (AU) ended Thursday when it was officially re-admitted into the continental body. Full text...

  • Second AU Summit kicks off in Maputo with new Board
    10 july 2003 12:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The second summit of the African Union (AU) opened here Thursday with the renewal of the Board of the Commission that has steered the delicate transition phase from the defunct OAU for the past two years. Full text...

  • Annan hails AU leaders for NEPAD, seeks peace, democracy
    10 july 2003 11:38:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Thursday hailed continental leaders for creating the African Union (AU) to redefine Africa's destiny, rebuild a better life for its and enable the continent assume its full role and responsibility in global affairs. Full text...

  • AU summit opens, Mbeki underlines democracy, peace
    10 july 2003 11:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki Thursday called on African leaders to live up to their commitment to make the African Union (AU) a vibrant and effective instrument for the development of the continent. Full text...

  • AU Summit gets underway in spectacular style
    10 july 2003 10:31:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Maputo has never seen anything like it. Full text...

  • Minister emphasises Tunisia's interest in African issues
    10 july 2003 09:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The absence of certain Arab-African leaders from the second African Union (AU) Summit is not a sign of indifference towards African issues, Tunisian Foreign Minister Habib Ben Yahia said here. Full text...

  • Africa feels pinch of dwindling resources for UNHCR
    10 july 2003 08:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union has expressed concern at the financial crisis facing the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that has led to the reduction of the agency's activities in Africa. Full text...

  • AU hails ECOWAS peace efforts in Liberia
    10 july 2003 08:07:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union has expressed support for the ongoing efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to restore peace, security and stability in war-ravaged Liberia. Full text...

  • Provisions of the Maputo Protocol relative to women's rights
    10 july 2003 00:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Once approved by the second summit of the African Union (AU) that opens Thursday in the Mozambican capital, the protocol of the African charter for human and people's rights relative to women's rights will be a real revolution, in the opinion of several African observers. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council endorses protocol on women's rights
    09 july 2003 22:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- African women are set to acquire a new instrument in their struggle for emancipation and elimination of all forms of discrimination, after the African Union executive council adopted a Protocol to the African charter on human and peoples' rights, relating to women's rights. Full text...

  • Kibaki heads for AU summit
    09 july 2003 20:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki left Nairobi Wednesday to attend the African Union summit opening Thursday in Maputo, Mozambique with conflict resolution, peace and security high on the forum's agenda. Full text...

  • AU encouraged by Somali peace process
    09 july 2003 19:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Joint efforts by Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya in support of the peace process in Somalia have won the commendation of the African Union. Full text...

  • NEPAD moves to centre stage at AU summit
    09 july 2003 19:30:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) moved centre stage at the African Union summit in Maputo on Wednesday, as heads of state and government of the 20-strong NEPAD implementation committee met. Full text...

  • AU Ministers worried by Comoros lagging reconciliation process
    09 july 2003 19:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The AU Executive Council has expressed "grave concern" over the delay in the implementation of the Fomboni Framework Agreement for national reconciliation in the Comoros. Full text...

  • Amara Essy says withdrawal was 'positive for Africa'
    09 july 2003 19:14:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Amara Essy, the interim chairperson of the African Union Commission, has described the decision to withdraw his candidature for the post of chairperson as "positive for Africa". Full text...

  • AU Executive Council commends Essy for quality leadership
    09 july 2003 19:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Executive Council ended its third ordinary session Wednesday in Maputo with a motion expressing "profound gratitude" to the AU Commission's outgoing Interim Chairperson, Amara Essy. Full text...

  • Chissano urges show of solidarity among African nations
    09 july 2003 17:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican president Joachim Chissano, host of the second African Union (AU) summit Wednesday appealed to African states to show solidarity with each other, noting that in isolation it would be impossible to eradicate poverty on the continent. Full text...

  • Sudan rebels urge AU to support regional peace efforts
    09 july 2003 17:14:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) Wednesday accused Khartoum of trying to derail hard-won gains in the country's long-running peace process by calling for a change in mediators. Full text...

  • NEPAD is an integral part of AU, says Chissano
    09 july 2003 17:12:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is an integral part of the African Union (AU), Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano declared here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNHCR takes African refugees' plight to NEPAD leaders
    09 july 2003 16:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Africa's uprooted communities are appealing to the leadership of their countries to help them return home and be reintegrated in a sustainable manner, the UN refugee agency told African leaders meeting here. Full text...

  • UNICEF urges priority action for Africa's children
    09 july 2003 12:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Societies that remain poor in health and education will not be able to play their part in the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has said. Full text...

  • UNESCO craft centre glitters in Maputo
    09 july 2003 11:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A craft centre for disadvantaged youths in the heart of Maputo, is showcasing itself this week during the second summit of the African Union in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Essy urges Ivorians to show political will in peace process
    09 july 2003 11:33:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Outgoing AU Commission chairperson Amara Essy has urged Ivorian parties to demonstrate the political will and spirit of compromise required to complete the national reconciliation process. Full text...

  • AU summit to recognise political legitimacy in Madagascar
    09 july 2003 11:18:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The presence of Marc Ravalomanana this week at the second summit of the African Union (AU) in Maputo, Mozambique will mark Madagascar's grand return to the great African family, analysts observed here. Full text...

  • AU Commission yearns for resolution of Saharawi dispute
    09 july 2003 10:15:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The international community is becoming impatient at the stalemate in the process of determining the autonomy of Western Sahara, outgoing African Union Commission chairperson Amara Essy reported here. Full text...

  • South African opposition urges AU to focus priorities
    09 july 2003 09:24:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance on Wednesday said the African Union is hypocritical to expect the United States to solve the crisis in Liberia while ignoring US concerns about Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Bush's tour creates 'logistical nightmare' for AU
    09 july 2003 09:10:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- No one can underestimate the importance and significance of the second African Union Summit in Maputo this week. Full text...

  • Annan, three African leaders arrive for AU summit
    09 july 2003 08:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi and his Nigerian and Congolese counterparts, Olusegun Obasanjo and Denis Sassou Nguesso respectively, have arrived in Maputo to attend the second Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) scheduled 10-12 July. Full text...

  • Sassou Nguesso attends AU summit
    08 july 2003 23:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso left Brazzaville Tuesday for Maputo to attend the African Union (AU), at which he would table a proposed Pan-African non- aggression pact for discussion. Full text...

  • Prime Minister to represent Koumba Yala at AU summit
    08 july 2003 23:08:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Prime Minister Mario Pires left Bissau Tuesday for Maputo, where he would represent Guinea Bissau president Koumba Yala at the 2nd summit African Union (AU) summit opening Thursday in the Mozambican capital. Full text...

  • Bush's African tour sparks discontent
    08 july 2003 22:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African tour of US president George W Bush is an embarrassment of sorts within certain African diplomatic circles, particularly as it coincides with the second summit of the African Union (AU) scheduled for 10-12 July in Maputo. Full text...

  • Mixed reaction over Amara Essy's withdrawal from AU post
    08 july 2003 22:42:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Amara Essy's withdrawal from contesting the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) is the subject of commentary from local papers published on Tuesday in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Press freedom petition to go to AU leaders
    08 july 2003 21:05:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Press freedom organisations, spearheaded by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), have drawn up a petition demanding the release of all jailed African journalists, and a repeal to all repressive media legislation in the member states of the African Union. Full text...

  • Colonel Kadhafi arrives in Maputo for AU summit
    08 july 2003 20:32:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Women to hold half of AU Commission posts
    08 july 2003 20:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Half of the 10-member commission of the African Union (AU) to be appointed in Maputo this week will be women, said Ana Nemba, the permanent Mozambican ambassador to the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Zambian bids for office of AU Commission vice chairman
    08 july 2003 20:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has fielded Kasuka Mutukwa, an academic now working for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) parliamentary forum, as its candidate for the position of vice-chairman of the African Union Commission. Full text...

  • Finances force Seychelles to pull out of SADC
    08 july 2003 19:18:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Seychelles has ceased to be member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) due to financial reasons, the foreign ministry said. Full text...

  • Mauritian Premier heads for Maputo
    08 july 2003 19:14:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Premier, Sir Anerood Jugnauth left the island Tuesday for Maputo, Mozambique to attend the second African Union (AU) Summit opening next Thursday. Full text...

  • Essy gracefully bows to withdrawal of his candidacy
    08 july 2003 15:38:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Acting African Union (AU) Commission chairman Amara Essy Tuesday said he takes "note" of his country's decision withdrawing him from the race for the commission's chairmanship, which he was seeking up to Monday against former Malian president Alpha Omar Konare. Full text...

  • Pierre-Andre Wiltzer to attend Maputo Summit
    08 july 2003 15:29:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Cooperation and Francophonie Minister Pierre-Andre Wiltzer is expected to attend the African Union (AU) Summit due to open Thursday in Maputo, an official source revealed here. Full text...

  • Said Djinnit, man with African files at his fingertips
    08 july 2003 15:13:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian Said Djinnit, candidate for the African Union Peace, Security and Political Affairs has spent much of his political career going through conflict-rife parts of Africa. Full text...

  • Annan to address AU Maputo summit
    08 july 2003 14:47:00
    New York- United Nations (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will address the African Union (AU) summit of heads of state and government in Maputo, Mozambique, an official confirmed here. Full text...

  • AU executive council evades Essy withdrawal issue
    08 july 2003 14:02:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) Executive Council during its second day sitting Monday did not mention the issue of the withdrawal of Amara Essy's candidacy for the post of Chairman of the AU Commission by the Ivorian government, sources said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Africans nurture great hopes in Maputo summit
    08 july 2003 14:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The eyes of millions of Africans are set on the Mozambican capital Maputo as it prepares to host the second summit of the African Union (AU) that emerged from the ashes of the defunct OAU, following its official proclamation 9 September 1999 in Sirte, Libya, on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea. Full text...

  • AU to revamp its management staff
    08 july 2003 13:27:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The withdraw Monday by the Ivorian government of Amara Essy's candidature in favour of former Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare, now the lone candidate for the AU Commission chairmanship, Tuesday reinforced speculations here of a "major shake-up" in the Commission, after its transition process. Full text...

  • African media groups sue for press freedom
    08 july 2003 12:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Media organisations in Africa and across the world will Wednesday present a petition to the African Union (AU) calling for the release of all incarcerated journalists and for the repeal of anti-media and anti-freedom of expression legislation in AU member states. Full text...

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