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  • 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...

  • ILO foresees persistent poverty in Africa
    08 july 2003 11:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Unless new ways are found to create opportunities for decent work for the world's poor, the Millennium Development Goals of reducing poverty by half by 2015 will remain beyond the reach of many African countries, International Labour Office (ILO) Director-General Juan Somavia warned here Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNICEF promotes African children at AU Summit
    08 july 2003 10:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The plight of children around the African continent is being highlighted with an extensive photo gallery at the second African Union Summit. Full text...

  • Leaders begin arriving for AU summit
    08 july 2003 10:40:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least four African heads of state are scheduled as first arrivals here Tuesday for the second ordinary assembly of the African Union, due to open Thursday. Full text...

  • Will African Heads of State embrace rogue leaders?
    08 july 2003 10:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- All eyes will be on Africa's rogue leaders this week when they join Heads of State from around the continent at the second African Union summit in Maputo. Full text...

  • AU accused of sidelining African youth movement
    08 july 2003 09:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The survival of the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) will, to a great extent, depend on the young people, the chief executive of the Pan-African Youth Movement (PYM) has said. Full text...

  • EU pledges support to African peacekeeping forces
    07 july 2003 23:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The European Union is prepared to assist African peacekeeping forces financially as a means to help solve the many armed conflicts on the continent, the EU Commissioner for Development, Poul Nielsen said here Monday. Full text...

  • Summit delegates appraise wildlife programme at Limpopo Park
    07 july 2003 22:28:00
    Massingir- Mozambique (PANA) -- Several delegates to the African Union summit and journalists covering the event witnessed a small part of the programme to restock Mozambique's Limpopo National Park with game, when seven elephants captured in South Africa were Sunday released into the park. Full text...

  • Ivorian government withdraws Essy's candidature
    07 july 2003 21:43:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has officially withdrawn Amara Essy's candidature for the chairmanship of the African Union (AU) Commission, State House sources affirmed here Monday. Full text...

  • Ambassadors end meeting ahead of AU summit
    07 july 2003 21:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Committee of Permanent Representatives (Ambassadors) of the African Union (AU) wound up its meeting here Sunday endorsing a series of political, economic, social and financial decisions for transmission to the Executive Council (Foreign Ministers). Full text...

  • Malian youth props Konare's bid for AU Commission chair
    07 july 2003 20:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) summit opening Thursday in Maputo, Mozambique will mark a great date for the African continent, African Union Youth (JUA) chair Bassidy Diabate averred here Monday. Full text...

  • Luanda opts for AU chairman capable of handling conflicts
    07 july 2003 18:18:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Foreign Minister Joao Bernardo de Miranda has said Angola was opting for a Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission capable of solving conflicts, which continue to plague the continent. Full text...

  • Kufuor leaves for AU summit via Dakar
    07 july 2003 17:42:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's President John Agyekum Kufuor left here Monday to attend the African Union (AU) summit of heads of state in Maputo, Mozambique. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council considers report on African crises
    07 july 2003 16:18:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Conflict resolution was at centre stage Monday when African foreign ministers meeting here considered a report of the Interim Chairperson of the African Union (AU) on conflict situations on the continent. Full text...

  • Essy denies withdrawal from AU race
    07 july 2003 16:09:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Amara Essy, acting chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission, and candidate for the post, Monday denied rumours that he intended to withdraw from the race, Radio Cote d'Ivoire reported here. Full text...

  • Essy takes stock of two-year transition at AU
    07 july 2003 13:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Ivorian Amara Essy, who conducted the transformation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) into the African Union (AU) since the Lusaka summit of July 2001, has been taking stock of his performance over the nearly two year period. Full text...

  • Kadhafi visits Chad en route to AU summit
    07 july 2003 13:02:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- En route to the African Union summit in Maputo, Mozambique, Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

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