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  • OAU adds Spanish as fifth working language
    08 july 2001 16:52:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Spanish will soon be included as a working language in the Organisation of African Unity and the African Union, OAU spokesman Desmond Orjiako told reporters Sunday. Full text...

  • Mini-summit on Burundi holds in Lusaka today
    08 july 2001 16:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- On the eve of the OAU Heads of State conference, a mini-summit on the crisis in Burundi has been scheduled for this evening, 8 July in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • President Pierre Buyoya leaves for Lusaka
    08 july 2001 15:32:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- President Pierre Buyoya of Burundi left Bujumbura Sunday morning for Lusaka, Zambia to attend the OAU summit opening there on Monday. Full text...

  • OAU moves to help Zimbabwe handle land crisis
    08 july 2001 14:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The OAU Sunday named a six-nation committee to help Zimbabwe deal with its controversial land reform problem. Full text...

  • Niger president heads for Lusaka
    08 july 2001 13:57:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Mamadou Tandja of Niger left Niamey Sunday for Lusaka, Zambia, where he will take part in the 37th OAU Summit, a State radio broadcast said. Full text...

  • Zambia to make six million dollars from OAU summit
    08 july 2001 11:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Zambian tourism official boasted Sunday that the country would net some 6 million US dollars from hosting the OAU Heads of State and government summit which opens on Monday. Full text...

  • OAU to issue solidarity message to Zimbabwe
    08 july 2001 11:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The OAU would issue a statement at its Heads of State and Government summit in Zambia opening on Monday, backing Zimbabwe in its stand-off with western powers over land reforms, diplomatic sources hinted Sunday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • African leaders in for tight summit schedule
    08 july 2001 11:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Details begun to emerge Sunday on the programme awaiting African leaders when they convene in Lusaka 9-11 July for the annual OAU Heads of State summit. Full text...

  • Wade's recipe in democratic governance
    08 july 2001 10:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 37th OAU Summit in Lusaka, expected to transform the organisation into an African Union, presents an opportunity for African leaders to reflect on the socio-economic and political backwardness of a continent otherwise richly endowed in human and material resources. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan, Joseph Kabila likely to meet in Lusaka
    08 july 2001 09:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Well-placed UN sources say Secretary General Kofi Annan might on the sidelines of the 37th OAU summit opening 9 July in Lusaka, Zambia, meet with President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan awaited in Lusaka
    07 july 2001 21:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Over 40 countries have already confirmed their participation in the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) heads of state and government summit which opens in the country next week. Full text...

  • African leaders begin arriving for OAU summit
    07 july 2001 21:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders Saturday began arriving in Lusaka for next week's historic OAU summit where the 38-year old continental body is expected to be transformed into the African Union to foster closer economic and political integration. Full text...

  • Mauritius wants special meeting on African Union
    07 july 2001 20:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Mauritius has tabled a proposal at the 74th ordinary session of the council of ministers, which, if adopted by the upcoming heads of state summit, may radically turn round the course of the African Union. Full text...

  • More OAU members settle debts to avoid sanctions
    07 july 2001 19:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The OAU said Saturday that several member countries which had been slapped with a range of sanctions earlier this week for not paying their annual membership dues had paid in order to escape the punishment. Full text...

  • Zambia backs Zimbabwe on land reform
    07 july 2001 19:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Saturday strongly backed his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe in his controversial land reform programme involving the seizure of idle white-owned farms to resettle landless Zimbabweans. Full text...

  • Chiluba Says Economic Cooperation Vital For AU Success
    07 july 2001 18:46:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba said Saturday greater African economic cooperation is vital for the success of the proposed African Union. Full text...

  • Chiluba Urges Africans to Push Hard for Union
    07 july 2001 18:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- President Frederick Chiluba of Zambia has called on Africans in all walks of life not to dither in the effort to construct a strong African Union. Full text...

  • Conflict resolution to take centre stage in African Union
    07 july 2001 17:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba said here Saturday that conflict resolution and prevention would be immediate priorities of the African Union. Full text...

  • Political party wants African Union to form army
    07 july 2001 17:29:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- An opposition party in Cameroon is urging the African Union to "quickly initiate a policy regarding the formation of a Pan-African Armed Forces" or PAAF. Full text...

  • Women pressure groups take rights issue to OAU summit
    07 july 2001 17:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders who cite human rights charters ratified by their parliaments as key achievements in advancing the status of women should be advised to reconsider their policies. Full text...

  • OAU foreign ministers resume session
    07 july 2001 14:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 74th ordinary session of the OAU Council of Ministers entered its third day in Lusaka Saturday amid speculations it might drag into the night due to lack of consensus on some contentious issues. Full text...

  • New Profiles for the African Union
    07 july 2001 13:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- One of the major issues of the 37th ordinary session of the O. Full text...

  • African countries neglect parliament protocol
    07 july 2001 10:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Mali and Namibia are the only OAU member countries that have signed the protocol for the establishment of a Pan-African Parliament, a vital organ under the African Union (AU), says a document being discussed by African foreign ministers in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • OAU contemplates decade of traditional medicine
    06 july 2001 23:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The OUA might shortly proclaim 2001-2010 as the "OAU decade for African traditional medicine", based on a report of Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim to the 74th ordinary session of the council of ministers that opened Thursday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Anti-retrovirals to curb the enemy's progress
    06 july 2001 16:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Anti-retrovirals, the drugs that make it possible to curb the progress of AIDS, today constitute one of the few weapons Africa has to slow down the advance of a very powerful enemy. Full text...

  • Malaysia expresses support for African Union
    06 july 2001 16:29:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Forty-Seven countries ratify African Union's Act
    06 july 2001 16:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Cape Verde and Malawi have ratified the Constitutive Act of the African Union, bringing the total number of countries which have ratified the document to 47, the OAU said in Lusaka Friday. Full text...

  • Benin newspapers comment AU ratification
    06 july 2001 13:00:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin newspapers this week widely commended the country's ratification of the constitutive act of the African Union (AU), which came into force on 26 May. Full text...

  • Morocco features at session of OAU ministerial Council
    06 july 2001 11:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Although the Kingdom of Morocco has not indicated any desire to return to the OAU, which it quit 19 years ago, the issue has been prominent in discussions at the 74th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Salim tables report on drug control action plan
    06 july 2001 11:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- An OAU plan of action against drug trafficking and abuse, notes Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim, is fraught with setbacks including inadequate response from member states coupled with shortfalls in human and financial resources. Full text...

  • Arafat to attend OAU summit
    06 july 2001 10:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat would attend next week's OAU summit in Zambia, a Palestinian diplomat has confirmed. Full text...

  • Somali warlords furious with OAU over recognition
    06 july 2001 09:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A group of Somali warlords warned Friday that the OAU's decision to recognise the eight-month-old government of President Abdikassim Salad Hassan could spark renewed fighting in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • 15 battalions permanently mobilised for ECOMOG
    05 july 2001 23:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- For the first time in the history of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the 15 member states are ready to place a batallion each at the disposal of ECOMOG, the West African peacekeeping force. Full text...

  • ECOWAS calls for the dismantling of roadblocks
    05 july 2001 23:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African states will intensify efforts regarding the lifting of all roadblocks that seriously impede the free movement of persons and goods in the subregion, ECOWAS Executive Secretary Lansana Kouyate said in Lusaka Thursday. Full text...

  • Guinea's Kouyate wants a vocal African Union
    05 july 2001 22:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Guinea's candidate for the post of OAU secretary general, Lansana Kouyate, on Thursday said he expects the voice of Africa to be heard louder under the African Union. Full text...

  • ECOWAS intensifies action against child trafficking
    05 july 2001 18:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) says it is intensifying the fight against child trafficking within the sub-region. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Parliament ratifies AU constitutive act
    05 july 2001 17:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Parliament in Cameroon has adopted a bill allowing the President of the Republic to rafify the constitutive act of the African Union. Full text...

  • Salim challenges Ministers on African Union
    05 july 2001 16:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As the 74th ordinary session of the OAU's Council of Ministers got underway in Lusaka Thursday, OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim says he envisages a turning point in Africa's march towards integration. Full text...

  • OAU Council of Ministers picks bureau members
    05 july 2001 15:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 74th ordinary session of the OAU Council of Ministers of has elected a new bureau to guide the organisation's transition to its new African Union status. Full text...

  • OAU mourns late Tanzanian VP
    05 july 2001 15:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity Thursday paid tribute to Tanzanian Vice-President Ali Juma, who died in Dar-es-Salaam last night. Full text...

  • ECA outlines perspectives for viable African Union
    05 july 2001 15:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), K. Full text...

  • African Ministers urged to strengthen continental Union
    05 july 2001 14:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 74th OAU Council of Ministers opened in Lusaka, Zambia Thursday with calls by delegates for stronger political will by member countries to jolt the continental body into vibrancy as it transforms into the African Union. Full text...

  • Five states agree to merge MAP, Omega Plan
    05 july 2001 11:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Five Organisation of African Unity (OAU) member states Wednesday agreed to merge the planned Millennium Partnership for the African Recovery Programme (MAP) and the Omega Plan. Full text...

  • Cape Verde urges understanding on debt owed the OAU
    04 july 2001 17:16:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- With a dozen debtor-member countries already sanctioned, Cape Verde has pledged to settle its arrears of contribution to the OAU by the end of the year. Full text...

  • Salim urges OAU to boost its revenue
    04 july 2001 16:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim said Wednesday that the continental Organisation should find alternative ways to boost its revenue and stem its perennial financial woes. Full text...

  • Mandela, other African leaders for Lusaka Summit
    04 july 2001 16:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela is among 35 to 40 African leaders expected to attend the 37th Summit of the Organisation of African Unity, which opens in Lusaka, Zambia, next week. Full text...

  • African Union holds brighter economic future for continent
    04 july 2001 13:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The African Union, which African leaders are expected to formally launch next week at their 37th summit in Lusaka, holds out brighter prospects for economic revival and growth, affirms OAU Assistant Secretary-General in charge of economic affairs Ambassador Vijay Makhan. Full text...

  • Zambian government warns against disruption of OAU summit
    04 july 2001 13:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has issued a stern warning to anyone planning to disrupt the OAU summit scheduled slated for 9-11 July in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Zambians prepare special welcome for Kadhafi
    04 july 2001 12:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Sections of the Zambian society are preparing an elaborate welcome party for Libyan leader Mouamar Kadhafi when he arrives in Lusaka at the weekend for the 37th OAU Heads of State summit. Full text...

  • Zambian Moslems invite Gaddafi for prayers
    04 july 2001 11:58:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian Muslims said Wednesday they had invited Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, expected in the country for next week's OAU summit, for prayer at a mosque in the capital, Lusaka. Full text...

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