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  • Egyptian heads UN Commission investigating DRC looting
    04 july 2001 19:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The chairperson of the independent UN commission that investigated the plunder of resources in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Safiatou Ba N'Daw of Cote d'Ivoire has been replaced by Mahmoud Kassem of Egypt, newspapers reported in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Rwanda marks seventh anniversary of liberation
    04 july 2001 19:32:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandans on Wednesday celebrated the seventh anniversary of the fall of the genocidal regime, but President Paul Kagame said peace still eluded the central African country. Full text...

  • RDR denies inciting complaints against Gbagbo
    04 july 2001 19:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The secretary general of the opposition Rally of Republicans (RDR), Henriette Dagri Diabate, has rejected claims that her party organised people to lodge "crimes against humanity" charges against senior Ivorian officials, including President Laurent Gbagbo, in a Belgian court. Full text...

  • Ghana willing to contribute peacekeepers to Burundi
    04 july 2001 18:23:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Ghanaian Defence Minister Kufuo Kwame says his country is willing to contribute to the regional peacekeeping initiative in Burundi as soon as details are agreed by the parties involved. Full text...

  • Museveni to pull out more Ugandan troops from DR Congo
    04 july 2001 17:59:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Yoweri Museveni Wednesday promised to push ahead with the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from DR Congo in line with the 1999 Lusaka Peace Agreement. Full text...

  • Congolese leaders pave way for national reconciliation
    04 july 2001 17:01:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Representatives of the unarmed opposition in DR Congo and leaders of the Congolese Rally for Democracy (RCD) meeting in Goma have reaffirmed their determination to enhance national unity and preserve the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the DRC. Full text...

  • ANC slams DA for lack of equal representation
    04 july 2001 16:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The provincial leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has accused the ruling Democratic Alliance (DA) of failing to tackle racism in the region. 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...

  • Ruling party endorses peace proposals
    04 july 2001 15:27:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's ruling National Congress party Wednesday announced its approval of a package of proposals put forward by Libya and Egypt to put an end to the country's long civil war. Full text...

  • Kadhafi tries to reconcile Ivorian, Burkinabe leaders
    04 july 2001 14:23:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. 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...

  • Foreign ministers due in Zambia for OAU pre-summit meeting
    04 july 2001 11:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African Foreign ministers arrive in Zambia Wednesday for preparatory consultations ahead of the OAU Heads of State and government summit starting next week. Full text...

  • Union wants Nigerian ministers sacked over NEPA funds
    04 july 2001 11:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's organised labour has urged the government to fire the present and former ministers of Power and Steel over the lodgement in 1999 of a 2. Full text...

  • South Africa, Germany forge closer ties
    04 july 2001 10:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy President Jacob Zuma has called on the German Chamber of Trade and Industry to increase its investments in South Africa. Full text...

  • Socialist Party bigwig attacks French military presence in Chad
    04 july 2001 09:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A senior official of the Socialist Party in France has spoken out against French military presence in Chad, and called for an end to France's "Operation Sparrow" there. Full text...

  • South Africa confident that MAP would be adopted
    04 july 2001 08:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government is teeming with confidence that President Thabo Mbeki's Millennium African Recovery Plan (MAP), a proposed blueprint designed to promote development, democracy and peace in the continent, would be adopted at the forthcoming OAU summit in Lusaka. Full text...

  • CPJ wants charges against Onyenua immediately dropped
    03 july 2001 23:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) says it "is greatly disturbed" by the recent arrest and continuing prosecution of Nnamdi Onyenua, editor of the weekly, Lagos-based magazine Glamour Trends, on charges of criminal defamation. Full text...

  • Guinean rebel leader lays down conditions for talks
    03 july 2001 22:53:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The leader of a rebel Guinean group fighting along the borders with Liberia and Sierra Leone on Tuesday state that the resignation of President Lansana Conte was the main precondition for negotiations with authorities in Conakry. Full text...

  • Bottlenecks in transitional process worry opposition
    03 july 2001 22:27:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Comoros opposition leader Djoussouf Abbas Tuesday called on the follow-up committee on the framework agreement on national reconciliation to thaw the stalemated state of the process. Full text...

  • Malian Prime Minister visits Tunisia
    03 july 2001 21:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Prime Minister Mande Sidibe of Malian is in Tunisia leading a delegation of businessmen on a two-day working visit, an official source in Bamako said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rebel leader rules out democracy in Guinea under Conte
    03 july 2001 21:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The leader of the rebel Union of Forces for a New Guinea (UFGN), N'Faly Kaba, on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of democratic change under the incumbent President Lansana Conte. Full text...

  • Mozambican Migrant Shot Dead At South African Border
    03 july 2001 20:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- South African authorities have expressed regret at the death of a man believed to be an illegal Mozambican immigrant, who was shot dead by a South African border guard last Thursday night. Full text...

  • Parliament empowers Kerekou to ratify Consultative Act
    03 july 2001 19:37:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- The parliament in Benin Tuesday unanimously passed a bill authorising President Mathieu Kerekou to ratify the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act. Full text...

  • OAU Ambassadors Committee ends meeting
    03 july 2001 17:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- All treaties and conventions adopted by the policy organs of the OAU but pending entry into force, are to be reviewed to bring them in line with changes attendant to the new dispensation of the African Union. Full text...

  • NGO wins OAU observer status
    03 july 2001 17:44:00
    LUSAKA- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) said it has agreed to grant a continental non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Senegal observer status in the body. Full text...

  • Female candidate for OAU chief throws in towel
    03 july 2001 17:33:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, the Zambian woman who campaigned for the post of OAU secretary- general, has finally thrown in the towel after the Zambian government refused to endorse her candidacy. Full text...

  • IMO to build brain-drain database on SADC
    03 july 2001 15:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The International Organisation for Migration, or IMO, is to build a comprehensive data-base on the numbers of professionals and other skilled workers who have left Southern Africa for other parts of the world due to poor economic opportunities in their own home countries. Full text...

  • OAU imposes sanctions on debtor members
    03 july 2001 15:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU), facing mounting annual subscription arrears from its members, said Tuesday it would impose a range of sanctions on 15 debtor countries to induce them to pay up. Full text...

  • Mkapa to chair regional meet on good neighbourliness
    03 july 2001 15:19:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- President Benjamin Mkapa is Wednesday expected to chair a summit to focus on good neighbourliness in the Great Lakes region, an official told PANA Tuesday. Full text...

  • Army General wants African peacekeeping force established
    03 july 2001 14:03:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A Tanzanian army general has recommended the establishment of an African peacekeeping force that could be deployed in war stricken countries, the official Daily News reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Bush has a very favourable vision of Africa, says Wade
    03 july 2001 13:06:00
    New York- United States (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade has expressed satisfaction at the enthusiasm shown by American President George W. Full text...

  • Kadhafi discusses African Union with Compaore
    03 july 2001 11:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Council of elders urged to help end conflicts
    03 july 2001 09:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger President Mamadou Tandja Tuesday urged the ECOWAS Council of elders to help restore peace in the sub-region. Full text...

  • UN Envoy seeks political solution to CAR crisis
    03 july 2001 08:28:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Amadou Toumani Toure, the UN Secretary General's special envoy to the Central African Republic (CAR), has appealed to the political class to seek a political solution to the country's crisis. Full text...

  • Deportation of Moroccan sparks protest in Bordeaux
    03 july 2001 08:05:00
    Bordeaux- France (PANA) -- Scores of people demonstrated Monday at the Merignac airport in the French region of Bordeaux, in protest against Saturday's deportation of a 41-year-old Moroccan, Elagba Benyounes. Full text...

  • Liberian Envoy said on the run
    03 july 2001 07:45:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Diplomatic sources in Banjul have confirmed the flight to US of Liberia charge d'affaires to Gambia, Eric Togba. Full text...

  • Mubarak greets Kadhafi
    02 july 2001 23:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Sunday held a telephone conversation with Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Milosevic's Lesson for Africa
    02 july 2001 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Like his overthrow by the now popular "people power" in October 2000, Yugoslav notorious former President Slobodan Milosevic's unfolding trial for alleged crimes against humanity and particularly the controversial manner he was bundled to the Hague, should interest Africa. Full text...

  • TRC grants amnesty to more applicants
    02 july 2001 22:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Amnesty Committee on Monday granted amnesty to nine members of the Northern Transvaal Security Branch of the police. Full text...

  • Kadhafi, Konare hold telephone conversation
    02 july 2001 22:28:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare on Sunday held a telephone conversation with Libyan leader, Col. Full text...

  • Rightists ask Taylor to rid security of foreigners
    02 july 2001 20:03:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A local human rights group Monday called on President Charles Taylor "to expel foreign nationals" from his elite bodyguard squad, the Anti-Terrorist Unit (ATU). Full text...

  • Bongo, King Mohammed hold talks
    02 july 2001 19:38:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco Sunday held with Gabonese president Omar Bongo, who is currently on a private visit in Rabat, state television TVM reported, without giving details on issues which they discussed. Full text...

  • Muluzi orders release of 880 prisoners
    02 july 2001 19:30:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- President Bakili Muluzi Monday order the release of 880 prisoners from the Zomba Central Prison as part of activities marking the country's 37th anniversary of independence from British colonialists. Full text...

  • President Compaore arrives in Libya
    02 july 2001 19:29:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore on Monday arrived in Sirte, 450 km east of Tripoli, to begin a three-day visit in Libya. Full text...

  • Buyoya announces pay rise in Burundi
    02 july 2001 19:15:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundian President Pierre Buyoya on Sunday announced a 10-percent salary increase for civil servants with effect from 1 July. Full text...

  • OAU Debtor Nations
    02 july 2001 18:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Only four of OAU's 53-member States were up to date in contributions to the organisation's ordinary budget, while more than 30 percent of members faced sanctions over unpaid arrears as of 28 June 2001. Full text...

  • Zambia's Chiluba gears up for OAU political windfall
    02 july 2001 18:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia - Zambian President Frederick Chilu-ba steps at the heart of African diplomacy this week when he hosts over 40 colleagues from around the continent for an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit, but his domestic critics suspect he wants to make undue political capital out of the meeting for the forthcoming presidential poll. Full text...

  • OAU coffers: a catastrophic situation
    02 july 2001 17:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The amount outstanding in the contribution of OAU member states as of 1 June 2001 stands at 14. Full text...

  • Envoy Says OAU Ambassadors Opening Session Fruitful
    02 july 2001 17:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Ambassador to the OAU, Simataa Akapelwa, has described the opening session of the Committee of Ambassadors and plenipotentiaries in Lusaka Monday, as "important and very promising". Full text...

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