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  • Cameroon opposition leader snubs President Biya
    17 may 2001 22:47:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- John Fru Ndi, leader of the Social Democratic Front (SDF), which is the main opposition party in Cameroon, has turned down an invitation from President Paul Biya to attend a presidential dinner as part of National Day celebrations next 20 May. Full text...

  • Technical committee on Arusha agreement set up
    17 may 2001 22:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi has set up a technical committee in charge of drafting bills for the inter-Burundian peace agreement whose work started on Thursday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Bidders negotiate last bend to Chad presidential election
    17 may 2001 22:25:00
    Ndjamena- Chad (PANA) -- Presidential hopefuls in Chad were Thursday barely 48 hours to the 20 May polls and making the best of what room there still was for winning a few more sceptics over. Full text...

  • Salim optimistic about Lome Summit
    17 may 2001 20:01:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Salim Ahmed Salim, has expressed optimism over the agenda of the meeting of the Central Organ on Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution mechanism, which opens in Lome, Togo, Friday. Full text...

  • Chiluba leaves for Togo
    17 may 2001 17:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Thursday left Lusaka for Togo to attend a meeting of the 15-member OAU's central organ on conflict resolution. Full text...

  • Moi in talks with Somalia President
    17 may 2001 15:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Daniel arap Moi has expressed the hope that the transitional national government in Somalia would serve as a basis for reconciliation among the country's leaders. Full text...

  • Govt Orders War Veterans to End Labour Arbitrations
    17 may 2001 14:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe government Thursday ordered veterans of the country's war of independence to stop controversial arbitrations in company labour disputes and leave the disputes to be settled by the Ministry of Labour. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Parliament Thrown Into Chaos Over Idiot Remarks
    17 may 2001 14:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Legislators in Zimbabwe's deeply divided parliament on Thursday almost came to blows after an opposition MP called his counterparts from the ruling party idiots. Full text...

  • Britain Asks Mozambique to Mediate in Row with Zimbabwe
    17 may 2001 14:13:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Britain has asked Mozambique to help restore communication between London and Harare, Zimbabwe's state-owned 'Herald' newspaper reported on Thursday, quoting an unnamed government source. Full text...

  • Pretoria concerned about escalation of violence in Mideast
    17 may 2001 14:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa on Thursday expressed disappointment and growing concern at the devastating violence between Israel and Palestine over the past week. Full text...

  • Pretoria dismisses criticisms against Mbeki
    17 may 2001 12:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government on Thursday rebutted a report by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), which accused President Thabo Mbeki of failing to provide effective leadership. Full text...

  • Ethiopia welcomes lifting of UN arms embargo
    17 may 2001 08:21:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Authorities in Addis Ababa have welcomed the decision of the UN Security Council "not to extend" the arms embargo it imposed on Ethiopia and Eritrea one year ago during their border conflict that ended with the signing of a comprehensive OAU-brokered peace agreement last December. Full text...

  • Rights Group wants France to investigate alleged war crimes
    16 may 2001 23:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The French government should launch an official investigation into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity by French forces in Algeria, Human Rights Watch urged Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde launches diplomatic offensive
    16 may 2001 22:25:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde plans to strengthen its diplomatic contacts with its main development partners with a view to ensuring continuity of official aid to the archipelago, Cape Verdian foreign, co-operation and communities minister Manuel Inocencio Sousa has said. Full text...

  • Al-Bashir for OAU Lome Summit
    16 may 2001 20:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir leaves Khartoum Thursday for Lome, Togo, for the 18-19 May Summit of the OAU Central Organ on the Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Mediation and Resolution, the Sudan News Agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • State radio chides political class in Burundi
    16 may 2001 20:37:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi State Radio has, in an unusual move, gone all out on the conduct of State affairs, castigating both the opposition and the government for failing to restore peace in the country. Full text...

  • Salim regrets persistence of conflict as mandate ends
    16 may 2001 20:23:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Secretary General of the OAU Salim Ahmed Salim Wednesday reiterated that he has no intention to seek another term when his present mandate expires in July. Full text...

  • OAU announces suspension of embargo against Anjouan
    16 may 2001 19:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) has announced the suspension of an embargo against the breakaway Comoro island of Anjouan following an agreement by its leaders' to return to the negotiation table. Full text...

  • IGAD peace summit on Sudan set for 2 June in Nairobi
    16 may 2001 17:59:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The proposed summit conference of the Inter-government authority for development (IGAD) on peace in Sudan has been slated for 2 June in Nairobi, Kenya. Full text...

  • Bemba fails to disengage his rebel troops
    16 may 2001 15:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Joint Military Commission (JMC) supervising the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo has criticised rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba for failing to disengage his Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) rebel troops as promised. Full text...

  • Sudanese MP invites neighbours to help end crisis
    16 may 2001 13:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sudanese speaker of Parliament Ahmed Ibrahim el-Tahir has appealed to governments in neighbouring countries to assist in ending the civil strife in his country, the Ethiopian news agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritius urges Israel to accept the Mitchell Report
    16 may 2001 12:53:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Foreign Affairs minister Anil Gayan told the National Assembly Wednesday that unless Israel accepts the Mitchell report in toto there will be no reasonable prospects for a cessation of the Palestinian- Israeli violence. Full text...

  • Kenya Launches Peace Courses for Soldiers
    16 may 2001 11:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Peace Support Operation (PSO) faculty has been inaugurated at Kenya's Defence Staff College in in Nairobi to help improve soldiers' response to crisis in various "hot spots" in Africa and the world. Full text...

  • Botswana military investigates fire incident
    16 may 2001 11:47:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana Defence Force deputy commander Major-General Tebogo Masire has said the army was waiting for forensic response to establish the cause of a fire that gutted a kitchen in a military barracks. Full text...

  • South Africa Says UN Conference Cannot Fail Poorest of the Poor
    16 may 2001 08:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Key challenges facing the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs) relates to their integration into the globalising world economy, according to South Africa's Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma. Full text...

  • NDA Leader Ready to Meet President El Bashir
    16 may 2001 07:58:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Exiled leader of Sudan's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Mohammed Osman Almirgani has said he is ready to hold talks with President Ommar El Bashir in order to resolve the country's long-standing conflict. Full text...

  • Benin, Cote d'Ivoire to broaden cooperation
    15 may 2001 23:40:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo and his Benin counterpart Mathieu Kerekou Tuesday undertook to strengthen and broaden cooperation. Full text...

  • King Mohamed VI due in Saint-Louis 26 May
    15 may 2001 23:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Morocco's King Mohamed VI is expected in Senegal's former capital City of Saint-Louis 26 May, at the head of a 150-member delegation, the Senegalese Press Agency (APS) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Togolese Prime Minister on African tour
    15 may 2001 23:23:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togolese Prime Minister, Mensah Agbeyome Kodjo left Lome Tuesday, on a visit to Guinea Conakry, Liberia and Sierra Leone, official sources said. Full text...

  • Burundi government condemns kidnap of relief workers
    15 may 2001 22:19:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Burundi government Tuesday strongly condemned the kidnapping last Friday of six members of an NGO providing health assistance in the southern town of Kibago. Full text...

  • EU Ministers discuss African conflicts
    15 may 2001 22:06:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The two-day EU Council of Foreign Ministers meeting ended in Brussels Tuesday, restating the Union's support for the Lusaka peace accord to end the war in the DR Congo. Full text...

  • Prime Minister faces Parliament on National Security
    15 may 2001 21:42:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Premier, Jean-Francois Ntoutoume Emane, will appear before the National Assembly (Parliament) Wednesday to answer questions on perceived insecurity in the country, the Gabonese Press Agency (AGP) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Algeria signs protocol on pan-African Parliament
    15 may 2001 21:32:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Algeria Tuesday signed the OAU protocol relating to the pan-African Parliament, thus becoming the third member to do so after Namibia and Mali. Full text...

  • Opposition says Chiluba not qualified for retirement benefits
    15 may 2001 20:53:00
    LUSAKA MAY 15- ZANA - United Party for National De-velopment (UPND) spokesperson Love Mtesa said Tuesday that Zambian President Frederick Chiluba would not qualify for terminal benefits until he has finally retired from active politics. Full text...

  • Taylor restates vow to arrest opposition politician
    15 may 2001 17:47:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian president Charles Taylor has restated his vow to arrest opposition politician Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in spite of her recent appointment by a United Nations agency, press reports said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo Salutes Birth Of African Union
    15 may 2001 17:17:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo Tuesday saluted the birth of the African Union, describing the organisation as an idea whose time has come. Full text...

  • 2 Billion Kwacha MMD Convention Scam Under Probe
    15 may 2001 16:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Anti-Corruption Commission has begun investigations into the diversion of 2 billion kwacha from the National Assembly to allegedly finance the recent national convention of President Frederick Chiluba's ruling party (K 3,200 = 1US). Full text...

  • Opposition to mineral development bill worries ANC
    15 may 2001 16:46:00
    Johannesburg - South Africa (PANA) -- The ruling African National Congress is concerned about plans by the Chamber of Mines to oppose the Mineral Development Bill, which the party says will help in creating a better life for all. Full text...

  • Church Asks Muluzi To Clear Up Third Term Issue
    15 may 2001 16:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's second largest church, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP), has asked President Bakili Muluzi to come out in the open on whether he would or would not stand for an unconstitutional third term of office. Full text...

  • Minority MPs Protest Arrest of Colleague
    15 may 2001 15:56:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Members of the minority group in Ghana's Parliament on Tuesday resolved to abstain from sittings of the House for four days protesting the arrest of their colleague at the weekend. Full text...

  • Mauritanian opposition leader moved to Aioun prison
    15 may 2001 12:42:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- The detained president of the Mauritanian opposition Popular Front Mohamed Lemine Ch'Bih Ould Cheikh Malainine has been transferred to Aioun prison 800 km southeast of Nouakchott the capital. Full text...

  • Abuja hosts seminar On African Union
    15 may 2001 09:52:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Minister of co-operation and integration in Africa, Bimbola Ogunkelu, said Monday the idea of African Union did not emanate from any particular country or head of state, as he opened a two-day seminar on the African Union in Abuja. Full text...

  • Ethiopia calls for creation of IGAD parliamentary union
    15 may 2001 09:03:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian federal parliament's speaker Dawit Yohannes has proposed the establishment of the parliamentary union of member states of the Inter-governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) in the horn of Africa, the government press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gambian immigration turns back Sierra Leoneans
    14 may 2001 23:46:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian officials were Monday into high- quartered after a decision by immigration authorities to turn back 16 Sierra Leoneans seeking entry sparked off a controversy. Full text...

  • Wade urges his compatriots to roll up their sleeves
    14 may 2001 23:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade Monday urged his compatriots to stop corruption and to work hard in order to develop the country. Full text...

  • Senegal's new National Assembly to convene soon
    14 may 2001 23:08:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The new Senegalese National Assembly from the 29 April elections would be convened "in the coming days," President Abdoulaye Wade announced Monday evening in Dakar. Full text...

  • The Least Developed Countries
    14 may 2001 22:13:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Established in 1971 by the United Nations, the category dubbed Least Developed Countries (LDCs) has almost doubled its number from 25 to 49 countries, including 34 in Africa, nine in Asia, five in the Pacific and one in the Caribbean. Full text...

  • Workers in Senegal's Communication ministry ill at ease
    14 may 2001 22:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Observers in Dakar have noted a suppressed sense of concern among civil servants of Senegal's erstwhile Communication ministry, which was among several departments scraped off in a curtailed cabinet announced at the weekend. Full text...

  • Fire breaks out at military camp amid discontent
    14 may 2001 21:32:00
    GABORONE- Botswana (PANA) -- Reports of unrest in the Botswana Defence Force took an ominous turn over the weekend when a mysterious fire razed down a kitchen at a military camp in the second city of Francistown. Full text...

  • President Gbagbo visits Benin
    14 may 2001 21:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo Monday began a 48-hour friendly and working visit to Benin. Full text...

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