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  • ECOWAS Leaders Review Regional Security Sirte
    01 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- ECOWAS leaders met Thursday in the Libyan city of Sirte to review the security situation in the West African sub-region, with particular reference to the situation in the Mano River Union grouping Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Full text...

  • Sirte prepares to host extraordinary OAU summit
    28 february 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- As delegates flocked to Sirte, Libya, by road, sea and air, observers agreed that the fifth extraordinary OAU summit opening on Thursday would not resemble the previous four. Full text...

  • Togo Charges Amnesty International, Names Africa As Witness
    28 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The head of Togolese delegation to the OAU ministerial council has charged Amnesty International of ""slander aimed at destabilising the government of President Gnassingbe Eyadema"", current chairman of the continental body. Full text...

  • Ivorian parliament adopts African Union Act
    28 february 2001 23:04:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian parliament late Monday evening adopted a bill authorising President Laurent Gbagbo to ratify the Constitutive Act of the African Union. Full text...

  • Namibia ratifies African Union Act
    28 february 2001 23:04:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Namibian National Assembly on Wednesday unanimously ratified the Constitutive Act of the African Union expected to be officially launched in the next few days by a special giving the African Heads of State summit to be held in Sirte, Libya. Full text...

  • ECOWAS-Sirte Summit Now Thursday
    28 february 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Wednesday postponed by one day its Summit earlier scheduled for Wednesday on the fringe of the OAU Summit in the Libyan city of Sirte on the African Union. Full text...

  • Leaders Arrive For Sirte II Summit
    28 february 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Some 20 African Heads of State and government had arrived in the Libyan city of Sirte by late Wednesday ahead of Thursday's opening of the OAU's fifth Extra- Ordinary Summit on the African Union. Full text...

  • Presidents Eyadema and Patasse Leave for Libya
    28 february 2001 23:04:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese leader Gnassingbe Eyadema, who is also the current chairman of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), left Lome for Libya Wednesday to participate in the OAU's extraordinary summit of the African Union starting Thursday. Full text...

  • President Compaore off to Libya for OAU Summit
    28 february 2001 23:04:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso Wednesday left Ouagadougou for Sirte, Libya ahead of an extraordinary summit of OAU Heads of State billed there fore 1 and 2 March. Full text...

  • OAU Sets Annual Budget at 31 Million Dollars
    28 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity envisages a budget of 31 million US dollars for financial year 2001-2002 - a slight increase of 2. Full text...

  • Former OAU Scribe Hails Bid for African Union
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- In the build up to the Sirte II summit in Libya, erstwhile OAU Secretary General William Eteki Mboumoua has described the momentum for an African Union as irreversible. Full text...

  • OAU Ministers Put Accent On Reconciliation In Somalia
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The OAU Council of Ministers which has been meeting in Sirte, Libya, has called on all Somali faction leaders, who are not parties to the Arta peace process, to get involved in reconciliation efforts in order to bring lasting peace to their country. Full text...

  • OAU council commends Joseph Kabila's commitment
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The 73rd session of the OAU Council of ministers, which ended in Tripoli on Monday night, welcomed the readiness of the new authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo to engage in national dialogue under the mediation of the former President of Botswana, Ketumile Masire. Full text...

  • Africa Nominates Burkinabe As Candidate To Head UNIDO
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The 73rd session of the OAU council of ministers has nominated Ablasse Ouedraogo as ""Africa's candidate"" to the position of Director General of the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). Full text...

  • Council approves transfer Fouta Djallon project to ECOWAS
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The 73rd ordinary session of the OAU Council of Ministers has approved the transfer of the integrated Fouta Djallo massif development programme, one of the scientific and technical bureaux of the pan-African organisation, to ECOWAS. Full text...

  • Edem Kodjo Calls For Gradual Formation Of African Union
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Former OAU secretary-general, Edem Kodjo, has suggested that the concept of African Union be implemented on a gradual basis. Full text...

  • The Dream Of An African Parliament
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A major plank of the envisaged African Union is the African Parliament expected ultimately to function along the lines of regional legislatures like the European Union legislature. Full text...

  • Concern over situation in Mano River Basin
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The 73rd session of the OAU Council of Ministers ended late Monday expressing ""grave concern over the deterioration of the security situation in the Mano river basin"". Full text...

  • Concern Over Refugee, Gender, Disaster Issues in Africa
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African Foreign Ministers have expressed grave concern over the ""deteriorating refugee situation in Africa,"" a continent that has also been wracked by natural disasters notably floods and drought. Full text...

  • OAU Lifts Sanctions On Anjouan Separatist Leaders
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Encouraged by the 17 February Peace Agreement signed by parties to the Comorian crisis, the OAU Council of Ministers Tuesday in Tripoli decided to suspend the sanctions on the leaders of the Anjouan Separatist Movement. Full text...

  • African Ministers Urge Coordinated Action On Debt
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- African Foreign Ministers ended their extended three-day session in the Libyan capital Tuesday morning with a call for the urgent meeting of an Independent Experts Group to carry out a comprehensive examination of Africa's external debt problem. Full text...

  • OAU Council of Ministers Off to Sirte
    27 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The just-ended three-day 73rd extraordinary session of OAU Council of foreign ministers wound up early Tuesday with the adoption of some 20 decisions on administrative, financial and budgetary matters. Full text...

  • 44 OAU Members Sign African Union Act
    26 february 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Forty-four of the 53 OAU member- States had signed the African Union Constitutive Act by late Monday, Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim said. Full text...

  • Africa ventures a common course
    22 february 2001 18:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Experts and foreign ministers for Syrte II Summit have begun arriving Tripoli, Libya en route to Syrte, the henceforth historic Libyan city where the idea to launch an African Union was first officially announced on 9 September 1999. Full text...

  • Ex-Junta Soldier Arrested
    01 february 2001 23:55:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- An Ivorian soldier accused of deserting his unit in May 2000, has been arrested by a joint police and gendarmerie patrol unit in Korhogo, some 600-km north of Abidjan, a military source said Thursday. Full text...

  • Congolese Minister Hails Senegalese Democracy
    01 february 2001 22:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Congolese Works Minister, Jean Marie Tassoua, Thursday hailed the 2000 peaceful political change in Senegal. Full text...

  • Experts Examine Light Weapons Proliferation In Africa
    28 november 2000 09:29:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- OAU experts on the proliferation of light and small weapons are meeting in Bamako to conclude a document prohibiting the circulation and illegal trafficking of such weapons in Africa. Full text...

  • OAU Conflict Prevention Body Commends Ivorians
    24 november 2000 08:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The OAU conflict management body has commended the people and political leaders in Cote d'Ivoire for their responsible handling of the explosive post- election situation in the country, in which scores of people were killed. Full text...

  • Chissano Signs Constitutive African Union Act
    23 november 2000 08:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano Thursday 23 november signed the constitutive act of the African Union during a solemn ceremony at the OAU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • OAU Unhappy Over Political Tension In Bissau
    23 november 2000 08:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim is urging Gen. Full text...

  • Tunisian Envoy Presents Credentials To OAU
    20 november 2000 08:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Tunisia's permanent representative to the OAU, Ambassador Zoubier Allagui, has presented his letter of credence to Secretary general, Salim Ahmed Salim, in Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Salim Holds Talks With Turkish Delegation
    16 november 2000 08:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim Wednesday held talks with an official Turkish delegation in Addis Ababa, the organisation said Thursday in a press release. Full text...

  • Civil Groups Ready To Help OAU Prepare For African Union
    14 november 2000 08:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African civil society groups say they have been encouraged by recent moves towards the formation of an African Union as spelt out by the September 1999 Sirte Declaration and the July signing of the Constitutive Act of the union by African leaders in Lome, Togo. Full text...

  • Joint UN-OAU Commission On Togo Arrives In Lome
    14 november 2000 08:34:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The joint UN-OAU international commission set up 7 June 1999 to look into allegations of extra-judicial killings of hundreds of people in Togo in 1998 arrived in Lome Monday, official sources said. Full text...

  • OAU's Salim Promotes Planned Forum In South Africa
    05 november 2000 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Organisation of African Unity Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim on Sunday said the envisaged Pan African Parliament (PAP) would provide a crucial forum for the continent to address its problems. Full text...

  • Moi Blasts OAU For Being Ineffective
    31 october 2000 08:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi created a diplomatic stir in Lusaka Tuesday when he deviated from his prepared speech and threw a tirade at the Organisation of African Unity, saying it needs to re-evaluate its usefulness otherwise it will become irrelevant. Full text...

  • OAU, Sweden Agree Closer Co-operation
    30 october 2000 08:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity and the Swedish government have agreed to co-operate in various fields and foster the work of the continental political organisation. Full text...

  • South Africa, Nigeria Want Fresh Poll In Cote d'Ivoire
    30 october 2000 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki and his Nigerian counterpart, Olusegun Obasanjo, who met over the weekend to discuss the violence in Cote d'Ivoire, agreed that fresh presidential election should be held at a date agreed upon by all parties in the country. Full text...

  • Libya Ratifies Constitutive Act of African Union
    29 october 2000 08:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Libya Sunday deposited its instrument of ratification of the Constitutive Act of the African Union with the Organisation of African Unity, according to a release issued by the OAU from Tripoli. Full text...

  • South-South Development Conference Opens In Mauritius Monday
    29 october 2000 08:34:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A South-South development conference tagged 'SEATINI' opens Monday at the Gold Crest Hotel, Quatre-Bornes, 10km south of the Mauritian capital. Full text...

  • Bongo Wants Freedom Of Movement On Congo River
    29 october 2000 08:34:00
    Kinshasa- Congo (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo has called for better security and freedom of movement on the River Congo in the wake of the continuing conflict that hampers free movement in the Central African region. Full text...

  • Eyadema Pleads For Support Towards Ivorians
    28 october 2000 08:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Togolese President and current OAU chairman Gnassingbe Eyadema said Saturday in Paris that the government formed by President Laurent Gbagbo deserves support if it enjoys the backing of Ivorians. Full text...

  • UN official Calls for Comprehensive Solutions To African Conflicts
    28 october 2000 08:34:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN Secretary General's Special Adviser on Africa, Ibrahim Gambari, has stressed the need for the Security Council to address the complex African conficts in a more comprehensive manner. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela To Visit Burundi and Tanzania
    28 october 2000 08:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The facilitator in the Burundi conflict, former South African President Nelson Mandela, is to visit Burundi in November to give authorities more explanations about the 28 August peace agreement signed in Arusha, northern Tanzania. Full text...

  • Salim Calls On Ivorian Leaders To Restore Democracy
    27 october 2000 08:34:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU secretary-general Salim Ahmed Salim Friday called on the leaders of Cote d'Ivoire "to create the appropriate conditions conducive to the speedy restoration of democratic institutions in the country so that the full aspirations of the people of Cote d'Ivoire can be met. Full text...

  • Minister Warns DRC Conflict May Spread
    27 october 2000 08:34:00
    Kinshasa- Congo (PANA) -- Democratic Republic of Congo's interior minister, Gaetan Kakudji has predicted that the war ravaging Congo for the past two years "could embrace all of central Africa if precautions are not taken. Full text...

  • OAU Urges Ivorians To Exercise Restraint
    26 october 2000 08:34:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Chairman of the OAU, President Gnassingbe Eyadema of Togo, has appealed to the people of Cote d'Ivoire to exercise restraint in order to avoid plunging their country into chaos. Full text...

  • Liberia To Repatriate 110 Citizens From Libya
    25 october 2000 08:34:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberia has announced plans to repatriate some 110 of its citizens from Libya following recent violent clashes between Libyans and immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, press reports said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Political Situation In Cote d'Ivoire Sends CFA Wobbling
    24 october 2000 08:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The CFA franc continued to depreciate this week, even as authorities in the monetary zone reiterate assurances that the political turmoil in Cote d'Ivoire would not affect economic fundamentals in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Salim Calls For More UNESCO Aid In Africa's Education
    24 october 2000 08:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim Tuesday called for intensified UNESCO support towards implementation of the Programme of Action on education in Africa endorsed in march 1999 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Full text...

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