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20th African Union Summit, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia, 21st-28th january 2013
  • AU Commission chair in Luanda
    18 january 2013 12:17:44
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, arrived here Friday for a brief working visit to Angola. Full text...

  • 2013 AFCON: CAF, AU underscore role of football in promoting peace
    18 january 2013 07:57:58
    Johannesburg, South Africa (PANA) - Ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations starting in South Africa Saturday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the African Union (AU) have underscored the role of football in promoting peace, education and stability on the continent. Full text...

  • AU chair wants coups permanently ended in Africa
    17 january 2013 10:54:00
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Chair and Benin president, Thomas Boni Yayi, on Wednesday called on Africans to break the jinx of coups and war and enthrone democracy, the only way to change a legitimate government.Full text...

  • AU renews AMISOM mandate by six months pending UN approval
    15 january 2013 18:57:17
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has renewed the mandate of its force in Somalia (AMISOM) for six months, pending a review of its operational structure to secure more dependable funding and operational status, the Peace and Security Council (PSC) said Tuesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS member States urged to remove barriers to integration
    14 january 2013 12:30:25
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Director-General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM), Professor Akpan Ekpo, has called on member States of the West African Economic bloc, ECOWAS, to fast track efforts to remove existing barriers to free movements of goods, services and finances, saying the move would hasten economic integration. Full text...

  • AU condemns renewed attacks in northern Mali
    11 january 2013 17:04:09
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC) Friday strongly condemned the renewed attacks by armed terrorist and criminal groups in northern Mali, which resulted in the capture of the town of Konna, in the Mopti area. Full text...

  • Swiss govt funds reintegration project for Chadian migrants returning from Libya
    08 january 2013 11:25:36
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) have signed a two-year community stabilisation project to support Chadian migrants who have returned from Libya and are currently living in three northern regions bordering Libya, Niger and Sudan. Full text...

  • AU Commissioner ends visit to Rwanda
    07 january 2013 19:43:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security Ramtane Lamamra has left Kigali after a three-day visit to Rwanda. Full text...

  • Arab Maghreb Union to hold 5th Congress in Nouakchott
    07 january 2013 18:21:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – A two-day meeting of the economic grouping in Arab Maghreb opens in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott, on Tuesday, sources at the Mauritanian Central Bank told PANA on Monday. Full text...

  • AU 'deeply encouraged' by Sudan-S. Sudan summit
    04 january 2013 17:02:56
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) says it is deeply encouraged by the convening of the summit meeting between Sudan and South Sudan and expressed the hope that it will enable the two Presidents to agree on the best means and ways of overcoming the challenges encountered in the implementation of last September's landmark agreements. Full text...

  • AU official on peace-building trip to troubled Congolese region
    02 january 2013 11:42:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union's top security official Ramtane Lamamra was due in Kinshasa Wednesday at the start of a visit to the troubled Eastern region of Congo and Rwanda to discuss the preparations for the deployment of a neutral force in the region. Full text...

  • AU supports efforts to kickstart fresh negotiations with CAR rebels
    31 december 2012 10:58:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has expressed its rejection of violence and attempts to seize power by force in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying such a trend would be a setback to the progress achieved in democratising Africa. Full text...

  • Sudan, SPLM-N to resume negotiations in Addis Ababa
    30 december 2012 10:42:04
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The Sudanese Government and northern rebels are to meet for talks next month in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the auspices of the African Union (AU) High level Implementation Panel, the local media reported Sunday. Full text...

  • AU to host meeting on eastern DRC troop deployment plan
    26 december 2012 11:40:33
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - International efforts to stop further rebel advances in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are expected to receive a boost Thursday when the African Union (AU) is scheduled to host a meeting to plan the deployment of a regional force and a peace monitoring group in the troubled area. Full text...

  • AU calls for urgent force to oust CAR rebels
    26 december 2012 10:24:51
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has called for urgent funding and logistical support for the regional peacekeeping mission set up to restore stability to the Central African Republic (CAR), following a resurgence of rebel activity there. Full text...

  • African Union sends first long-term observer mission to Kenya
    25 december 2012 08:00:27
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has announced the deployment of its first long term election observers to Kenya, where elections are due to be held this year. Full text...

  • UN Security Council approves African-led force for Mali
    21 december 2012 08:34:12
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council has authorised the deployment of the African-led International Support Mission in Mali, to be known as AFISMA, for an initial period of one year to assist the authorities in recovering rebel-held regions in the north and restoring Full text...

  • UEMOA Council of Ministers meet in Niger
    14 december 2012 21:31:06
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Council of Ministers of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) opened on Friday in Niger’s capital, Niamey, to review the state of the financial situation in the community. Full text...

  • Sudan opposes AU plan to take Abyei issue to UN Security Council
    13 december 2012 13:16:13
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan has reiterated its opposition to the plan by the African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC) to take the Abyei and other border issues to the UN Security Council, warning this could lead to a new conflict with South Sudan. Full text...

  • AU concerned about developments in Egypt, calls for restraint
    08 december 2012 18:46:29
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Saturday expressed concerned over ongoing political developments in Egypt, and called on Egyptian stakeholders to exercise utmost restraint and seek the interest of their homeland. Full text...

  • ECOWAS disagrees with UN Scribe over Mali deployment
    02 december 2012 18:00:21
    Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - In a rare diplomatic spat, the regional bloc ECOWAS has openly expressed its disagreement with the UN Secretary General concerning the urgency to deploy an African-led mission to Mali to help the country regain part of its territory seized by Islamists and rebels. Full text...

  • East African leaders intensify steps towards barrier-free regional trade
    01 december 2012 08:12:43
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - East African leaders rose from a Summit on regional integration Friday, satisfied with the steps towards the formation of a Political Federation and the efforts to set up single revenue collection points. Full text...

  • AU says "Shared Values" essential to continental unity
    28 november 2012 20:41:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Wednesday highlighted its commitment to a "more integrated, peaceful and prosperous Africa," with a renewed focus on "African Shared Values" which it said can help the continent progress and prosper. Full text...

  • AU urges 'good faith' talks with Eastern Congo rebels
    27 november 2012 09:19:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has reiterated calls to the Eastern Congolese rebels to stop fighting and drop its threat to topple the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Pan-African parliamentary meeting opens in Rwanda
    26 november 2012 20:32:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The 61st session of the executive committee and the 35th conference of the African Parliamentary Union (UPA) opened on Monday in Kigali, Rwanda. Full text...

  • SADC-CNGO initiates platform for regional integration
    22 november 2012 16:19:02
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Southern Africa Development Committee's Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (SADC-CNGO) has hatched a platform for regional integration and development in the SADC bloc. Full text...

  • AUC Chairperson to attend Kampala Summit on Eastern DRC crisis
    22 november 2012 12:17:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was due in the Ugandan capital, Kampala, Thursday, to attend a Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • AU, FAO and Lula Institute join efforts to fight hunger in Africa
    22 november 2012 10:43:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union Commission (AUC), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Instituto Lula of Brazil have announced a joint effort to help eradicate hunger and undernourishment in Africa. Full text...

  • Rio+20 outcome: AU, ECA urged to strenghten support for effective implementation
    21 november 2012 17:24:23
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Representatives of African member States and relevant stakeholders have requested the African Union (AU) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as well as other development partners to step up efforts in providing the necessary facilitation and coordination support towards the effective implementation of the Rio+20 outcomes to support sustainable development efforts in Africa. Full text...

  • AU endorses harmonised Concept of Operations for Mali intervention force
    14 november 2012 09:46:41
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has endorsed the the harmonised Concept of Operations for the planned deployment of the African-led International Support Mission to Mali (AFISMA) to help restore the country's territorial integrity. Full text...

  • Sudan ready to cooperate on humanitarian aid to South Kordufan, Blue Nile
    13 november 2012 15:11:37
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan on Tuesday said it was ready to cooperate with the international community to address the humanitarian situation in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states, two areas still suffering from civil strife.Full text...

  • AU's Peace and Security Council to discuss military blueprint for Mali intervention force Wed.
    12 november 2012 20:32:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union's Peace and Security Council will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wednesday to discuss the military blueprint for the African-led international force in Mali, PANA reported Monday, quoting AU sources. Full text...

  • AU tests police component's readiness ahead of African Standby Force launch
    30 october 2012 11:38:15
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) is conducting a simulated training to gauge the readiness of its police and civilian components, ahead of the formal launch of the African Standby Force (ASF), the AU Commission said Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU commends South Sudan, Sudan for ratifying peace agreements
    19 october 2012 15:46:41
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – The African Union (AU) has commended Sudan and South Sudan for ratification a series of agreements, signed in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, last month, which will facilitate resumption of economic activities and oil shipment via the Sudan. Full text...

  • AU chief arrives on first mission to avert Mali split
    18 october 2012 17:48:25
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission's first woman Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has arrived in Bamako, Mali, vowing to help the West African State to regain statehood and unity, the AU said Thursday. Full text...

  • AU's new chief pledges to tackle Malian, DRC crises
    15 october 2012 16:50:53
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union's newly inaugurated chief, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, pledged Monday to tackle the crisis in Mali, where a separatist group has been seeking the creation of an independent state. Full text...

  • Dlamini-Zuma assumes office as first woman AUC Chairperson
    15 october 2012 11:43:50
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Monday officially assumed office as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), becoming the first woman ever to lead the commission. Full text...

  • AU, partners to meet on Malian crisis in Bamako 19 Oct
    12 october 2012 17:15:38
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - A meeting of representatives of the African Union (AU), ECOWAS, the UN and EU as well as Mali's neighbours will take place on 19 October in Bamako, aimed at assessing the latest developments in the West African nation.Full text...

  • AU urges UN Security Council to lift Somali arms embargo
    12 october 2012 07:42:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has revived its push for the lifting of the UN arms embargo on Somalia, to facilitate the proper arming of its forces and called on the world body to authorize the deployment of additional military capacity. Full text...

  • Zuma urges AU, UN to work together
    09 october 2012 10:53:35
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma Monday urged the African Union (AU) and the UN to work together to secure peace around the continent. Full text...

  • AU condemns attack on UN peacekeepers
    04 october 2012 18:29:48
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) on Thursday condemned the killing of four Nigerian UN peacekeepers and the injury to eight others in the Darfur region of Western Sudan, Tuesday. Full text...

  • AU leadership in New York for meetings on conflicts in Africa
    24 september 2012 13:59:01
    New York, US (PANA) - Outgoing Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, and his successor, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, have arrived in New York to attend a series of meetings dealing with conflicts in Africa, on the margins of the 67th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Commission announced in a statement issued here Monday. Full text...

  • AU says assassinations will not derail Somalia’s political progress
    23 september 2012 14:20:18
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has warned that the targeted assassination of Somali politicians, who represent the voice of the people, will not derail the country’s political progress. Full text...

  • EAC chief executive seeks greater support for integration
    20 september 2012 13:38:49
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Efforts being made by the East African Community (EAC) to boost intra-regional and international trade as well as direct investment inflows should be maintained to enable the member states to achieve full integration, EAC Secretary General Richard Sezibera has told the bloc’s development partners meeting here. Full text...

  • SA President, Parliament pay tribute to Dlamini-Zuma
    20 september 2012 09:29:03
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma and members of the National Assembly have paid a moving tribute to Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as she heads for Addis Ababa to chair the African Union Commission (AUC) Full text...

  • ECOWAS stresses importance of citizen participation in regional integration
    19 september 2012 07:58:57
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - ECOWAS has said citizen sensitisation and participation in the design and execution of its programmes are critical to the success of regional integration efforts and consistent with the bloc's vision. Full text...

  • Nigeria will emerge stronger from current challenges - Jonathan
    13 september 2012 16:07:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday reaffirmed his confidence in Nigeria’s ability to overcome its present challenges and emerge as a very strong, united, stable and economically-progressive nation. Full text...

  • UNAMID, AU organize farewell party for departing Gambari
    11 september 2012 18:10:21
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - The African Union (AU) and the UN Joint peacekeeping chief in Darfur, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, is due in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a farewell party at the end of his term as the head of the AU/UN Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), an official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS lauds partners for supporting regional integration
    06 september 2012 17:34:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadre Desire Ouedraogo, has commended development partners for their sustained support towards the realization of the organization’s objective of facilitating regional development and integration in an atmosphere of peace and security. Full text...

  • AU calls Angolan polls free and fair
    03 september 2012 13:22:57
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The Electoral Observation Mission of the African Union (AU) has described Friday's general elections in Angola free, fair, transparent and credible. Full text...

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