Politics - Defence
  • Mauritania, Turkey discuss military co-operation
    02 february 2005 18:41:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania and Turkey have completed a meeting during which they examined ways and means to revive their bilateral military co-operation. Full text...

  • Mediterranean partners convene defence meeting Friday
    24 january 2005 23:49:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Six African countries will be represented at the international Euro-Mediterranean meeting of the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN) scheduled 26 January through 2 February 2005 in Paris, official sources said here. Full text...

  • US military team in Cape Verde
    18 october 2004 21:14:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A US military delegation is in Cape Verde to assess the status of the country's army in preparation for the setting up of the first rapid intervention military unit in the archipelago, official sources revealed here Monday. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Defence Chiefs discuss stand-by force
    29 september 2004 13:50:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- West African military chiefs opened a two- day meeting here Wednesday with a call on them to come up with "a crucial and firm pledge of forces" to back the concept of a stand-by force for the sub-region. Full text...

  • EAC consolidates military cooperation
    14 september 2004 10:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The East African Community (EAC) cooperation on defence between member countries Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda will be upgraded to Full Protocol, a senior official has said. Full text...

  • Angola, China step up defence co-operation
    09 august 2004 19:01:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan and Peoples Republic of China military delegations Monday began a meeting in Luanda towards strengthening their defence co-operation, official sources said. Full text...

  • Libya takes issue with Mediterranean defence agreement
    23 july 2004 22:27:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Observers here have criticised moves towards a defence and military pact between France, Spain, Italy and Portugal on the northern shores of the Mediterranean and Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia on the southern end within the '4+3' entente of the four European and three Maghreb countries. Full text...

  • France, Algeria to sign military agreement
    18 july 2004 11:34:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Visiting French Defence minister Michèle Alliot-Marie said here Saturday that France and Algeria were close to signing a technical cooperation agreement that would open the way for an "exceptional partnership". Full text...

  • First French defence minister in Algeria since 1962
    16 july 2004 23:21:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and French president Jacques Chirac expressed willingness have helped to eradicate "several taboos" that hampered the building of mutual trust and a new era of relations between Algiers and Paris, Algerian Interior minister, Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni observed here Friday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe ratifies SADC mutual defence pact
    30 june 2004 22:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe on Wednesday ratified a mutual defence pact of the regional Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) group, becoming one of the first countries to do so. Full text...

  • Mozambican govt discharges post-war female soldiers
    15 june 2004 23:44:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The first group of female soldiers, who were trained after the general peace agreement 12 years ago between the Mozambican government and the then rebel movement Renamo, will return to civilian life this week during a public ceremony in Maputo. Full text...

  • Lusophone nations plan military manoeuvre in Angola
    02 june 2004 22:44:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Defence ministers of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) have decided to do a joint military manoeuvre code-named "Felino 2004" sometime this year drawing 20 soldiers from each of the eight countries involved. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to participate in ECOWAS military manoeuvres
    02 june 2004 21:50:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde will participate in military manoeuvres involving troops from the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to be staged in Benin next November, a reliable source told PANA Wednesday in Praia. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso seeks defence pact with Belgium
    05 may 2004 22:46:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Burkina Faso foreign minister Yousouf Ouedraogo has requested the Belgian defence minister André Flahaut to initiate a military partnership between Ouagadougou and Brussels. Full text...

  • Belgian Defence minister visits Angola
    14 april 2004 21:48:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Belgian Defence minister Andre Flahaut is on his second day Wednesday of a working visit here during which he and his Angolan hosts will review the state of diplomatic and military co-operation between the two countries. Full text...

  • ECOWAS military chiefs meet in Nigeria
    26 february 2004 16:22:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The eighth ordinary session of the Defence and Security Commission of ECOWAS opened in the Nigerian capital, Abuja Thursday with the creation of an ECOWAS stand-by force top on the agenda. Full text...

  • African Defence Ministers end meeting in Syrte
    23 february 2004 22:47:00
    Syrte- Libya (PANA) -- African Defence and Security Ministers ended their meeting Monday night in Syrte, 450-km east of Tripoli, dominated by Libya's proposal for a joint defence treaty and the creation of a common African army. Full text...

  • African defence ministers continue talks in Sirte
    23 february 2004 15:48:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Union (AU) Defence and Security Ministers Monday resumed discussions on the Libyan-proposed draft Common African Defence Treaty and single continental army at the Ouagadougou Complex in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Full text...

  • Kadhafi advocates a common African army
    23 february 2004 10:22:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi suggested here Sunday that a single African army be created and a common defence treaty established within the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea conducts military manoeuvres
    10 february 2004 18:48:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Equatorial Guinea banned all activities around the Malabo international airport where the army was expected to begin military manoeuvres on Tuesday, a defence ministry release said. Full text...

  • African defence council to get off the ground soon
    20 january 2004 13:07:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Africa's defence ministers are meeting here Tuesday to clear the decks for adoption of a common defence and security policy by leaders of the African Union at an extraordinary session due to be held next month in Libya. Full text...

  • Uganda, donors disagree over defence expenditure
    19 november 2003 21:06:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda's first deputy prime minister Moses Ali Wednesday said withholding of intended expenditure on defence requirements from donors prevented the government from giving adequate protection to humanitarian agencies operating in rebel-held northern Uganda. Full text...

  • SADC gets experts' group on African defence
    08 august 2003 17:54:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Committee of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) for Co-operation on Politics, Defence and Security has agreed to set up an experts' group on an African Common Defence and Security Policy. Full text...

  • Chissano commends SADC unfolding defence pact
    07 august 2003 19:50:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano has described the Mutual Defence Pact and the Politics, Defence and Security Strategic Plan of the Southern African development Community (SADC) being discussed in Maputo as instruments for the consolidation of unity and integration, not only of the region, but of Africa as a whole. Full text...

  • South African opposition wants new defence review
    24 june 2003 09:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed deep concern that government's deployment of troops in DR Congo has exceeded the UN-funded budget by 619 million Rand -- more than thrice the UN budget of 200 million Rand. Full text...

  • South Africa's defence minister in Zimbabwe
    29 may 2003 20:18:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South African Defence Minister Mosioau Patrick Lekota arrived in Zimbabwe Thursday for talks on regional security. Full text...

  • CPLP Defence ministers meet in Sao Tome
    27 may 2003 22:55:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- Defence ministers of the eight member countries of the Community for Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) on Tuesday began a two-day conference intended to strengthen co-operation and to analyse issues related to world terrorism in Sao Tome. Full text...

  • Cape Verde attends CPLP Defence ministers' meeting
    27 may 2003 16:25:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's minister of parliamentary affairs and defence Armindo Maurيcio is currently attending a ministerial meeting of defence ministers of the Community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP) which opened in Sao Tome and Principe Tuesday. Full text...

  • Luanda, Praia to enhance military cooperation
    12 may 2003 22:53:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde and Angolan Defence ministers Armindo Maurيcio and Kundi Paihama have signed an agreement aimed at enhancing technical and military cooperation between the two countries, official sources affirmed here. Full text...

  • Kenya, South Africa discuss defence cooperation
    12 may 2003 10:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Minister for Internal Security Chris Murungaru on Monday emphasised that cooperation in defence matters between Kenya and South Africa was crucial for peace-building in Africa. Full text...

  • 6th BIMA is cornerstone of French army in Africa
    12 april 2003 15:00:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Some 800 French troops normally stationed in Gabon comprise the cornerstone of French military presence in Africa, said Col. Full text...

  • French defence minister hails CEMAC action in CAR
    11 april 2003 19:13:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- A top French official on Friday hailed the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) military outfit for helping to stabilise the Central African Republic (CAR) after the recent Coup in the country. Full text...

  • French Defence Minister Arrives In Libreville
    09 april 2003 20:30:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie arrived Wednesday in Libreville, the Gabonese capital, on a working visit that includes meeting French troops stationed in the country, the Gabonese Defence Ministry said. Full text...

  • East African countries sign defence pact
    08 march 2003 15:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have signed a Strategy and Plan of Action to implement a Memorandum of Understanding on defence cooperation, which the three East African countries signed two years ago. Full text...

  • ECOWAS security chiefs meet on Cote d'Ivoire in Accra
    04 march 2003 15:02:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A two-day 5th Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Defence and Security Commission meeting began in Accra Tuesday with a call on subregional security officials to come up with recommendations to help solve the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Nguesso grateful to Angola for military help
    17 january 2003 08:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Brazzaville Thursday thanked Angola for helping to restore peace in his country with its military support. Full text...

  • Ethiopia, US reiterate commitment to fight terrorism
    11 december 2002 10:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia and the US have reiterated commitment in the fight against terrorism, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and US Security of Defence Donald Rumsfeld said here following consultations on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Pierre Buyoya replaces ailing defence minister
    09 november 2002 15:27:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- President Pierre Buyoya of Burundi has appointed Gen. Full text...

  • Defence chiefs of ECOWAS troops contributors meet
    06 november 2002 16:34:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Defence Chiefs from nine ECOWAS countries opened a two-day meeting in Abuja Wednesday to decide the structure and other details of the sub-regional peacekeeping force to be deployed in Cote d'Ivoire, embroiled in a political crisis since disgruntled soldiers revolted 19 September. Full text...

  • South Africa, Britain to renew defence co-operation pact
    28 october 2002 13:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Britain will Tuesday sign an agreement to renew their Defence Co-operation Agreement, the Defence Ministry here announced Monday. Full text...

  • France resumes defence cooperation with Comoros
    25 september 2002 19:53:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has resumed military cooperation with Comoros after Paris suspended the defence pact following the April 1999 coup d'etat in the island nation. Full text...

  • Angola becomes chair of SADC Defence Committee Friday
    07 august 2002 10:09:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola would chair the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Defence and Security Committee which opened an experts meeting Wednesday in Luanda to prepare the ministerial conference, ANGOP reported. Full text...

  • SADC Defence, Security Ministers to Meet in Luanda
    06 august 2002 18:05:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Defence and security ministers of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) will meet here Friday to discuss the security situation in the region. Full text...

  • Paris to host third forum on security in Africa
    29 may 2002 20:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Factors underlying instability in Africa and the role international actors can play in the management of crises on the continent would form part of discussions at a conference slated for 31 May to 14 June in Paris. Full text...

  • Can RECAMP promote African reflection on common security policy?
    05 march 2002 23:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Does Africa need to seriously consider a common security policy structured around the existing sub- regional groupings in view of the important role of peace and stability in the overall development of the continent? If a recent message from French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin is anything to go by, no meaningful development is possible in an insecure environment. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana names Defence Minister
    04 march 2002 16:44:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Madagascar's self-proclaimed President, Marc Ravalomanana Monday named General Mamizara Jules, Defence Minister in his new cabinet led by Jacques Sylla. Full text...

  • Envoy says France continues engagement in Africa
    18 february 2002 13:30:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France says its peacekeeping initiative for Africa, the Reinforcement of African Peacekeeping Capacities (RECAMP) represents a determination of the European country to support African states build military capacities for effective peacekeeping on the continent. Full text...

  • France continues peacekeeping initiative for Africa
    23 january 2002 21:23:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Defence officials in Paris announced the launch of the third Phase of their training initiative for African soldiers aimed at reinforcing peacekeeping on the continent. Full text...

  • French judge probes 200 million FF scandal
    12 december 2001 16:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Legal authorities in France are investigating the misappropriation of some 200 million French francs belonging to French soldiers at military bases in Djibouti, Dakar and Libreville, legal sources confirmed Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Benin to set up defence council
    11 december 2001 17:35:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's parliament has unanimously passed a bill for setting up a high council of defence which would carry out the defence policy of the government. Full text...

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