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  • American welcomes AU, but urges leaders to go beyond words
    25 july 2001 17:51:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An American journalist has described as "positive" the decision by African leaders to launch the African Union, but warns that their commitment should go beyond lip-service. Full text...

  • UNEP promises to strengthen collaboration with AU
    24 july 2001 15:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The UN Environment Programme was prepared to strength its collaboration with African institutions in order to become a full partner in major initiatives on the continent, UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer said Tuesday in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • OAU's new Secretary General visits Tripoli
    18 july 2001 18:26:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Newly elected OAU Secretary General, Amara Essy met in Tripoli Wednesday with Libyan Deputy African Unity Minister in charge of Information and Culture, Said Hefyana, for talks on the emerging African Union. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reaps moral windfall from OAU summit
    16 july 2001 16:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- He never took to the podium, or officially spoke, but Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe reaped a huge moral and political windfall from last week's OAU summit in Zambia. Full text...

  • Gabonese President man of the Lusaka OAU summit
    13 july 2001 22:45:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Many might have betted on Col. Full text...

  • Publications shed light on African Union
    13 july 2001 17:32:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- After decades of debate, posturing and grappling, the African Union is here. Full text...

  • African Integration Observatory hails Amara Essy
    13 july 2001 16:56:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Observatory for the total unity and integration of Africa (OUITA) has congratulated Amara Essy on his election as OAU Secretary General, hoping that he would "turn the prestige acquired by Cote d'Ivoire into an asset". Full text...

  • French-speaking Africa to back Lopes' candidacy
    13 july 2001 16:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Leaders of French-speaking Africa have decided to back the candidacy of Henri Lopes (Congo) for the post of secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie, reliable sources in Lusaka said. Full text...

  • IDRC commends OAU decision on traditional medicine
    13 july 2001 08:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Canada's International Development Research Centre has welcomed the launch of the '2001-2010 Decade for African Traditional Medicine' by the recent summit of the Organisation of African Unity. Full text...

  • Cameroonian press flays Biya for shying off OAU summit
    12 july 2001 20:01:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian newspapers widely commented on President Biya's absence from the Lusaka summit of African Heads of State - the last such assembly under the aegis of the OAU. Full text...

  • Ghanaian paper supports Kaddafi's statement
    12 july 2001 17:10:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian newspaper has supported a statement by Libyan leader Moammar Kaddafi that the so-called sovereignty which African leaders adhere to belongs to the dustbin of history. Full text...

  • AU's goal should be Africa's self-reliance, say Tanzanian papers
    12 july 2001 15:33:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The newly-launched African Union (AU) must tackle the continent's daunting economic problems and make Africans self-reliant, Tanzanian newspapers say. Full text...

  • Zambian paper hails Kadhafi's African liberation spirit
    12 july 2001 15:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A day after African leaders ended the 37th OAU summit in Lusaka, the independent Post newspaper of Zambia Thursday hailed Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Post newspaper hails Kadhafi's African liberation spirit
    12 july 2001 14:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Just a day after African leaders ended the 37th OAU summit in Lusaka, the independent Post newspaper of Zambia Thursday hailed Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Sudanese daily castigates proposal for Spanish use in OAU
    12 july 2001 12:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Sudanese paper today criticized the proposal of the Council of Ministers of the just-ended OAU summit to introduce Spanish as one of the official languages of the organization. Full text...

  • OAU summit dominates South African media coverage
    12 july 2001 09:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The just-ended OAU summit in Lusaka, Zambia dominated media coverage in South Africa this week with most observers pointing out the importance of the new African Union as well as the Millennium Africa Recovery Plan for the continent. Full text...

  • Ivorian opposition parties welcome Amara Essy's election
    11 july 2001 22:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian opposition parties - Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire (PDCI-RDA) and the Rally of Republicans (RDR) - Wednesday welcomed Tuesday's election of the country's former Foreign Minister Amara Essy as the new OAU Secretary-General. Full text...

  • Objectives and programme of the "New African Initiative"
    11 july 2001 22:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Two recently floated development blueprints including the Omega Plan of Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade and the Millennium African renaissance Programme (MAP) of Presidents Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria and Abdelaziz Bouteflika of Algeria have finally been merged. Full text...

  • Kabila, Kagame meet as Kinshasa-Kigali tension eases
    11 july 2001 20:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Presidents Joseph Kabila of DR Congo and Paul Kagame of Rwanda met Tuesday in Lusaka, Zambia on the sidelines of the 37th OAU summit, reliable sources affirmed. Full text...

  • Wade on Morocco's absence from the African Union
    11 july 2001 20:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade says "it is unthinkable that Morocco is not a member" of the newly proclaimed African Union. Full text...

  • New OAU Secretary General defends Kadhafi
    11 july 2001 19:01:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Organisation of African Unity's new Secretary General Amara Essy on Wednesday quashed allegations that the Libyan leader, Moammar Kadhafi, was all out to dominate the continent. Full text...

  • Anti-weapons group seeks African commitment
    11 july 2001 19:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Chairman of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Abdulhalim Babo, has urged African leaders to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention, which came into force in April 1997. Full text...

  • Col. Kadhafi calls for the United States of Africa
    11 july 2001 18:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • African leaders end landmark summit.
    11 july 2001 18:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 37th and last summit of the Organisation of African Unity wound up in Lusaka, Zambia, Wednesday with the endorsement of mechanisms and institutions of the African Union, which has formally replaced the 38-year old continental body. Full text...

  • Wade says New African Initiative is no wild dream
    11 july 2001 17:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- One of the very first projects contained in the "New African Initiative", the plan that emanated from the merger of the OMEGA and the MAP plans, could be launched as early as next March, Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade said in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Committee proposed to oversee implementation of AU organs
    11 july 2001 16:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders, who met in Lusaka for the last OAU summit, authorised the establishment of a committee of experts to fine-tune recommendations by the council of ministers on the launching of organs of the African Union. Full text...

  • Leaders describe African Union summit successful
    11 july 2001 15:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders Wednesday ended the 37th OAU heads of state and government summit in Zambia by proclaiming the birth of the African Union to replace the 38- year-old continental body. Full text...

  • OAU summit supports Zimbabwe on land question
    11 july 2001 15:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 37th OAU heads of state and government summit in Lusaka, Zambia, on Wednesday backed Zimbabwe's controversial land reforms. Full text...

  • African Leaders Adopt Landmark Decisions
    11 july 2001 15:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African Heads of State and Government attending the 37th Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Lusaka, Wednesday formally transformed the continental body into the African Union (AU) and decided how the transition will be managed. Full text...

  • Robinson urges African Union to uphold human rights
    11 july 2001 14:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson Wednesday in Lusaka urged the newly-proclaimed African Union to ensure its members observed human rights. Full text...

  • African Leaders Adopt Landmark Decisions
    11 july 2001 13:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African Heads of State and Government attending the 37th Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Lusaka, Wednesday formally transformed the continental body into the African Union (AU) and decided how the transition will be managed. Full text...

  • Burundi to form transitional govt soon, says Buyoya
    11 july 2001 12:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Burundi's military strongman Pierre Buyoya said Wednesday a transitional government of national unity would soon be formed in the central African country. Full text...

  • Historic OAU Summit Goes Into Home Stretch
    11 july 2001 11:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African heads of state and government meeting in Lusaka will formally launch the African Union at the conclusion of the 37th ordinary summit of the Organisation of African Unity. Full text...

  • UEMOA to define major trends of its agricultural policy
    10 july 2001 23:31:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) experts and representatives of the agriculture sector of each of the union's member states opened a workshop in Abidjan Tuesday to define the main trends of an agricultural policy for the union. Full text...

  • Konare Advocates African Security Council
    10 july 2001 23:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare says the OAU's Central Organ on the Mechanism for the prevention, mediation and resolution of conflicts, should be transformed into a Security Council for the African Union. Full text...

  • Angolans face tragic humanitarian crisis - Annan
    10 july 2001 23:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Tuesday that thousands of people displaced by the long Angolan war were facing a humanitarian crisis because they were cut off from the outside world by the fighting. Full text...

  • Kufuor adds vigour, charm to West African politics
    10 july 2001 22:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Ghanaian President John Agyekun Kufuor, a newcomer in West African politics, says he can discern signs of emerging stability in the sub-region, known for frequent military coups and cross-border wars that have scarred its landscape. Full text...

  • Namibia salutes new OAU Secretary-General
    10 july 2001 21:54:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian government Tuesday congratulated former Cote d'Ivoire Foreign Minister Amara Essy on his election as the new OAU Secretary-General on Monday. Full text...

  • Annan proffers solution to Zimbabwe land reform problem
    10 july 2001 21:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan expressed his support Tuesday for Zimbabwe's land reforms, but said President Robert Mugabe's government should follow the law and compensate white farmers whose property were being acquired to resettle landless black peasants. Full text...

  • African leaders to adopt Energy Commission
    10 july 2001 20:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The OAU director for Energy Affairs, Libere Buzingo, Tuesday expressed optimism that the OAU summit would approve the African Energy Commission in time for its September 2001 inauguration. Full text...

  • Rwandan rebels want OAU to censure Kigali
    10 july 2001 19:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Rwandan rebel groups Tuesday appealed to African leaders attending the OAU summit in Lusaka, to censure Kigali for what they described as "systematic massacre of civilians". Full text...

  • Kagame, Kabila meet in Lusaka
    10 july 2001 19:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Rwandan and DR Congo leaders met Tuesday in Lusaka on the fringe of the OAU Summit, to explore peace in the troubled Great Lakes region. Full text...

  • Kufuor says Ghanaian economy on track
    10 july 2001 19:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- President John Kufuor says the Ghanaian economy is gaining momentum, six months after he assumed the leadership of the West African country. Full text...

  • New hope for HIV-AIDS patients
    10 july 2001 18:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Chinese professor Tuesday told a press conference in Lusaka, Zambia that he had developed and manufactured a new retroviral drug against the HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Annan urges AU to focus on economic issues, ending wars
    10 july 2001 18:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan Tuesday urged African countries to henceforth depart from concentrating on politics, and instead focus on economic issues for the African Union to make it succeed. Full text...

  • Newspaper urges African leaders to make AU viable
    10 july 2001 17:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA -- The government-owned Daily Mail in Zambia has cautioned African leaders meeting in Lusaka to launch the African Union not to allow history to judge them harshly. ) Full text...

  • African Leaders Consider Decentralisation of AU Offices
    10 july 2001 17:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders meeting in Lusaka are studying proposals from member countries on how new offices of the newly-launched African Union could be located in different countries. Full text...

  • Israeli diplomat evicted from OAU summit
    10 july 2001 17:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- An Israeli diplomat accredited to Zambia was evicted from the opening session of the OAU summit in Lusaka Monday. Full text...

  • Zuma believes OAU summit will consolidate unity
    10 july 2001 16:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy President Jacob Zuma has expressed confidence that the ongoing OAU summit in Lusaka, Zambia will take Africa a step forward in its journey toward unity and recovery. Full text...

  • Kufuor says African Union will free Africans from bondage
    10 july 2001 16:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The African Union appears to be the best form of realistic Pan-Africanism capable of helping the continent enter the mainstream of the world economy as globalisation continues to engulf the entire world, Ghana's President John Kufuor said in Lusaka Tuesday. Full text...

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