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  • Commission defends AU support staff selection process
    05 june 2003 19:28:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA - Mozambique's Inter-mi-nisterial Commission for the African Union Summit (CIUA) stated here Thursday that the selection of staff to support the delegates to next July's African Union (AU) Assembly of Heads of state and Government was conducted in a responsible and transparent manner. Full text...

  • Malian govt adopts UEMOA treaty documents
    05 june 2003 17:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government on Wednesday adopted the instruments of ratification of the Treaty creating the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) Parliament, official sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Africa's environmental problems of catastrophic proportions
    05 june 2003 09:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the build up to last year's African ministerial conference on the environment (CMAE), a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) painted a rather gloomy picture of environmental prospects for the continent, citing increased pollution, soil degradation, persistent drought, floods and the loss of plant and animal species. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire seeks Zimbabwe's support in bid for AU post
    04 june 2003 15:58:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- An envoy from Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo met here Wednesday with President Robert Mugabe to curry Zimbabwe's for support for interim African Union (AU) Commission chairman Amara Essy's bid to retain the post during elections billed for next month's AU summit in Mozambique. Full text...

  • Madagascar returns to African Union
    04 june 2003 13:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Though Madagascar's readmission into the African Union is likely to be dwarfed at next month's AU summit by the crises in Cote d'Ivoire and DR Congo, the great island's return to the fold is by no means a development of little import. Full text...

  • Miguel Trovoada to bid for AU top post
    03 june 2003 22:04:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Former Sao Tome and Principe's President Miguel Trovoada will stand for election as President of the African Union (AU) Commission, his successor Pradique de Menezes officially announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Africa: from single party govts to multiple conflicts
    03 june 2003 17:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- After gliding from the authoritarian rule of single parties in the 1980s, the quasi-totality of the continent's regions are currently experiencing intense overt conflicts, whose repercussions always go beyond whence they originated. Full text...

  • UN Security Council suggests ways of ending Africa's conflicts
    31 may 2003 14:17:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- In an effort to devise means of ending lingering conflicts in Africa, UN Security Council held a wrap-up session on long-term solutions to the continent's ills during the weekend. Full text...

  • Sit-tight syndrome, a challenge to AU Peer Review Mechanism
    31 may 2003 09:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- When African leaders exchange pleasantries at the Second Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in Maputo, Mozambique in July they would most likely take turns to congratulate Gnassingbe Eyadema for his umpteenth re-election as President of Togo. Full text...

  • How unfair trade kills West African cotton industry
    30 may 2003 22:43:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- For West African countries whose economies depend almost entirely on cotton production, the appeal on Thursday by UNDP administrator Mark Malloch Brown for G8 countries to remove unfair trade barriers from global business could not be more timely. Full text...

  • Malian papers focus on Konare's candidature for AU top job
    30 may 2003 17:24:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian former President Alpha Oumar Konare's bid for the African Union (AU) Commission's chair dominated the local press this week. Full text...

  • Norway to fund training of Zambian auditors
    30 may 2003 17:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia and Norway Friday signed phase two of a cooperation agreement designed to improve the efficiency of Zambia's auditing staff through training and other joint programmes. Full text...

  • AU mission to assess refugee situation in central Africa
    30 may 2003 16:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A two-member delegation of the African Union (AU) left Addis Ababa Friday for four central African countries to assess the current situation of refugees and internally displaced persons. Full text...

  • Abidjan seeks Nouakchott's support for Essy
    29 may 2003 20:41:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- President Maaouya ould Sid'Ahmed Taya Thursday met an emissary of his Ivorian counterpart Laurent Gbagbo who came to solicit Mauritania's support for Amara Essy's candidacy as chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • Niger urges African nations to ratify human rights court
    29 may 2003 19:29:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger Thursday called on African governments to ratify the protocol creating the African Human Rights Court, at the close of the 33rd session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), which opened here 15 May. Full text...

  • Abidjan takes Essy's AU executive bid to Malabo
    28 may 2003 22:12:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea Tuesday received a delegation from Cote d'Ivoire seeking Malabo's support for Ivorian candidate Amara Essy, who is bidding for the position of African Union (AU) Commission chairman. Full text...

  • Essy says Mozambique is ready to host AU summit - Official
    28 may 2003 22:03:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The interim chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Amara Essy, "believes that Mozambique meets all the conditions necessary for holding the next AU summit," according to Manuel Lubisse, head of the Africa division in the Mozambican foreign ministry. Full text...

  • Kibaki urges Africans to use AU, NEPAD to enhance trade
    28 may 2003 13:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Wednesday urged COMESA trade and industry ministers to wholly support the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)) to help Africa negotiate a better trade deal globally. Full text...

  • AU and Mozambique sign African Union hosting agreement
    27 may 2003 10:59:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao and the interim president of the African Union Commission Amara Essy have signed an agreement related to the continental organisation's second summit here next July. Full text...

  • Rights group presses for creation of African Court
    27 may 2003 10:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Human Rights Assembly (RADDHO) has urged the African Union (AU) to accelerate the creation of the African Human and Peoples Rights Court (AHPRC) as was decided in 1998. Full text...

  • Ben Ali receives Mali's AU executive office bidder
    26 may 2003 20:49:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali granted audience Monday to former Malian leader Alpha Oumar Konaré, who is bidding for the position of African Union (AU) Commission chairman, the election of which is billed for the AU summit in July. Full text...

  • African delegates inspect Maputo conference facilities
    26 may 2003 16:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Representatives of member countries of the African Union (AU) on Monday inspected facilities for the second AU heads of state summit to be held in Maputo in early July. Full text...

  • South Africa deplores Africa's human security situation
    26 may 2003 16:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy President Jacob Zuma has said Africa has a long way to go before it can achieve human security throughout the continent. Full text...

  • Mali urges African youths to spearhead African unity
    26 may 2003 09:58:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian Prime Minister Hamed Mohamed Amani has urged African youths to wholly engage in the development and unity of the continent. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa urges AU to reduce Africa's wars
    25 may 2003 14:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- President Levy Mwanawasa on Sunday called on the African Union (AU) to double its efforts in order to ensure that the continent is rid of wars that have perpetuated hunger, poverty and diseases among its people. Full text...

  • Bamako commemorates Africa Day
    25 may 2003 13:16:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian Prime Minister Ahmed Mohamed Ag Hamani Saturday led diplomats from AU member states to the African Tower in a solemn function on the eve of Africa Day marked every 25 May. Full text...

  • Mbeki calls for peace, stability in Africa
    25 may 2003 12:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki Sunday paid tribute to the founders of the Organisation of African Unity as he led hundreds of South Africans and foreign dignitaries at Africa Day celebrations at Johannesburg Stadium commemorating the 40th anniversary of the OAU, now African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Essy upbeat about African integration
    24 may 2003 21:16:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Building the African Union (AU) through integration is a long term endeavour which should be pursued methodically, patiently and with faith, determination and resolute and clear sighted commitment by Africa's leaders and peoples, Interim Chairperson Amara Essy of the Commission said. Full text...

  • AU Foreign Ministers conclude deliberations
    24 may 2003 19:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Foreign ministers Saturday ended a four-day extraordinary session here after discussing five main issues, including the African Standby Force. Full text...

  • Ben Ali, Kadhafi hail AU progress
    23 may 2003 23:47:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and visiting Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi Friday lauded progress at setting up the structures of the African Union (AU), and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the Union's action plans. Full text...

  • Sao Tome's Miguel Trovoada campaigns for top AU post
    23 may 2003 21:16:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome et Principe (PANA) -- Retired Sao Tome and Principe President, Miguel Trovoada embarked on a Central African tour to campaign for election as President of the African Union (AU) Commission, informed sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Executive Council debates African Union budget
    23 may 2003 18:04:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The Executive Council of the African Union continued discussions on the African Union budget during its third extraordinary session that entered a third day here Friday. Full text...

  • Mozambique ready to host AU Summit, says foreign minister
    22 may 2003 21:00:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Mozambique, poised to assume the chairmanship of the African Union (AU), Thursday declared it was ready to host the 4-12 July AU summit in Maputo, considered the biggest international event ever in the country. Full text...

  • US, UK get UN nod to run interim authority in Iraq
    22 may 2003 17:13:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution lifting the economic sanctions imposed on Iraq, and approved the establishment of an administrative authority by the US and UK to run the country until a democratic regime is set up. Full text...

  • CAR's military govt barred from attending AU summit
    22 may 2003 16:16:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has not invited the Central African Republic (CAR) government of General Francois Bozize to attend the July summit in Maputo following the March coup in Bangui that toppled President Ange-Felix Patasse from power. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Foreign ministers to discuss Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire
    22 may 2003 12:37:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Foreign ministers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) meet here Thursday evening to discuss the current security situation in West Africa, with focus on Liberia and Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Kadhafi restates Tripoli's pro-African vision
    22 may 2003 09:07:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Visiting Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi reaffirmed his attachment to the African continent when he addressed Parliament here last Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO to organise African Week in Paris
    20 may 2003 23:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Group of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Tuesday said it would organise an "African Week" 24-30 May at its Paris headquarters to mark "African Day," celebrated 25 May each year. Full text...

  • Ivorian president launches Essy's bid for AU post
    20 may 2003 21:23:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo on Tuesday officially flagged off here the campaign by his compatriot Amara Essy to become President of the African Union (AU) Commission. Full text...

  • Mozambican tourism to cash on African Union summit
    20 may 2003 20:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Next July's summit of the African Union (AU) in Maputo is expected to generate US$ 12 million in tourism revenue, the Mozambican Tourism Minister Fernando Sumbana has predicted. Full text...

  • Election of AU Commissioners proves difficult
    20 may 2003 15:55:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The Ministerial Council of the African Union (AU), which begins meeting here on Wednesday will have to resolve difficulties dogging the election of members of the AU Commission, South African Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma conceded Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU Executive Council to meet in Sun City
    19 may 2003 16:09:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- In the build up to the next summit, the 3rd extraordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council will hold here on Wednesday to consider, in the main, issues relating to the implementation of decisions taken during the launch of Union last July in Durban. Full text...

  • OMVS ministerial council meets in Nouakchott
    19 may 2003 15:09:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The ministerial council of the Senegal River Development Organisation (OMVS) is meeting here to prepare the 13th conference of Heads of State opening in the Mauritanian capital on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Amara Essy expresses dismay over Casablanca attacks
    18 may 2003 18:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The interim chairman of the African Union Commission, Amara Essy, has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks Saturday in Casablanca that killed about 40 persons, mostly Moroccans, and left some 100 others seriously wounded. Full text...

  • African intellectuals to meet over Africa's future
    17 may 2003 11:33:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio has expressed optimism over the results of a meeting to be held before the end of the year in Dakar between African intellectuals and the African Diaspora on the future of the continent. Full text...

  • Israel urges AU involvement in settlement of Palestinian conflict
    16 may 2003 20:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Israeli envoy Arie Avidor affirmed here Friday that the Jewish state would like for the African Union (AU) to play an active role in the search for lasting peace in the Middle East. Full text...

  • AU ministers to chart role of Diaspora in Africa's growth
    16 may 2003 17:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The role of the African Diaspora constitutes a key feature at the third extraordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council scheduled for Sun City, South Africa 21-25 May, conference sources said Friday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Yala supports Konare's bid for AU top job
    16 may 2003 16:38:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau President Koumba Yala Friday declared his support for former Malian leader Alpha Oumar Konare's bid for the African Union (AU) Commission's presidency. Full text...

  • Apartheid-era prisoner launches autobiography
    15 may 2003 09:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy-President, Dr Jacob Zuma who was among Pan Africanist Congress leader Stanley Mogoba's fellow-prisoners on Robben Island, were among guest speakers at the launch of Mogoba's autobiography here Wednesday night. Full text...

  • Gambia supports Mali for AU Commission chair
    15 may 2003 08:08:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has expressed willingness to support Mali's bid for the chairmanship of the African Union Commission (AU), the Malian Ambassador to Banjul said. Full text...

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