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  • Burundi welcomes returnees
    20 june 2001 20:06:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The minister in charge of re- integration and resettlement of displaced people Wednesday said Burundi was ready to welcome "in dignity" all refugees who voluntarily return home. Full text...

  • SIN-SAD concerned over southern Sudan
    20 june 2001 19:10:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahelian-Saharan States (SIN-SAD) has expressed "great concern" following the upsurge of military operations in the Bahr Al-Gazal region of southern Sudan. Full text...

  • Mugabe, Moi Hold Talks
    20 june 2001 18:29:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe left Nairobi Wednesday afternoon after an over-night visit which included closed-door talks with his host, President Daniel Arap Moi, at State House in the Kenyan capital. Full text...

  • Harry Octaviano Olympio's trial postponed to July
    20 june 2001 17:48:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The trial of former Togolese minister in charge of human rights and the promotion of the rule of law, Harry Octaviano Olympio, has been postponed again to July due to the absence of witnesses for the prosecution. Full text...

  • Salim confers with Konare
    20 june 2001 16:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General, Salim Ahmed Salim met Tuesday with Malian President Alpha Oumar Konare on political and security issues affecting the continent, officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire under pressure from foreign refugees
    20 june 2001 16:32:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Defence and Civil Protection Minister, Lida Kouassi, says his country is "exhausted" from 10 years of "sacrifices" for Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugees in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Parliament passes bill to stop MPs defecting
    20 june 2001 16:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Amid vehement objection from the opposition, the Malawi parliament Tuesday passed a controversial bill which seeks to stop MPs defecting from their parties by declaring themselves independent. Full text...

  • Bishops issue pastoral letter on World Refugee Day
    20 june 2001 15:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Catholic bishops in Zambia Wednesday called on the country's authorities to reconsider their policies and to develop legal schemes which allowed refugees to recover their full rights while living in Zambia due to conflicts or persecution in their countries of origin. Full text...

  • DRC developments give hope to refugees
    20 june 2001 15:15:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has described the situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo as most encouraging, raising hopes that hundreds of Congolese refugees currently in Zambia may soon return home. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian premier urges Savimbi to stop war
    20 june 2001 14:14:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves has appealed to UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi to work towards the search for a peace in Angola. Full text...

  • Minister says South Africa values its relationship with Brazil
    20 june 2001 14:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Aziz Pahad Tuesday said that the relationship between South Africa and Brazil is vital to ensure the establishment of a new globalised world order, which is people-centred and benefits all. Full text...

  • Revised MONUC budget stands at 273 million dollars
    20 june 2001 11:55:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The revised budget of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) for the financial year ending on 30 June 2001 stands at 273. Full text...

  • Chadians snob opposition call for "Ghost Town"
    20 june 2001 09:25:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- A "Ghost Town" operation called for last Monday by the six candidates who lost last month's presidential election in Chad, failed to make an impact. Full text...

  • Chadians snob opposition call for "Ghost Town"
    20 june 2001 09:24:00
    N'Djamena- Chad (PANA) -- A "Ghost Town" operation called for last Monday by the six candidates who lost last month's presidential election in Chad, failed to make an impact. Full text...

  • Wade Begins visit in France
    19 june 2001 23:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade arrived Tuesday in Paris for a five-day official visit to France. Full text...

  • Salim begins three-day visit in Mali
    19 june 2001 23:33:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim arrived Tuesday in Bamako to begin a three-day visit as part of an African tour ahead of the continental body's 9-11 July summit in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Theo-Ben Gurirab: 37 years in the diplomatic service
    19 june 2001 23:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Namibia's minister of Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting, Theo Ben Gurirab, candidate to succeed Salim Ahmed Salim at the head of the Pan- African organisation, is considered as the Dean of African ministers of Foreign Affairs, judging from his 37 years of experience in international diplomacy. Full text...

  • African civil service charter tabled in parliament
    19 june 2001 23:22:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian Prime Minister Hage Geingob on Tuesday tabled the African Charter for the Public Service in Africa for endorsement by parliament. Full text...

  • Salim confers with Kadhafi
    19 june 2001 23:10:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Lebanese deny role in Taylor's alleged illegal deals
    19 june 2001 22:55:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The World Lebanese Cultural Union of Liberia (WLCU) Tuesday denied involvement in politics in Liberia and the West African sub-region for which some members were slapped with UN Security Council travel restrictions on 7 May. Full text...

  • Patasse thanks Kadhafi for quelling coup attempt
    19 june 2001 22:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- President Ange-Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic on Tuesday expressed "deep gratitude" to the guide of the Libyan revolution, Col. Full text...

  • Pretoria hosts symposium on South Africa/Brazil ties
    19 june 2001 20:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Embassy in Brazil Tuesday began a two-day symposium in conjunction with the Institute for Global Dialogue in South Africa relations between the country and Brazil. Full text...

  • French Socialists Express Solidarity With Cote d'Ivoire
    19 june 2001 20:08:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France's Socialist Party has expressed its solidarity with Cote d'Ivoire's President Laurent Gbagbo in strengthening democracy in the west African country. Full text...

  • Minister says Deby's re-election "guarantees democracy"
    19 june 2001 19:56:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Sudan's minister of communication, Mahadi Ibrahim Tuesday described the re-election of Chadian President Idriss Deby as a "guarantee for stability and democracy" in the country. Full text...

  • Angola, Belgium Enter Diamonds Deal
    19 june 2001 19:38:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos said Tuesday his country needs Belgium's technical support to exploit its rich diamond deposits. Full text...

  • Nigeria's political landscape gets new group
    19 june 2001 17:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Ahead of the 2003 general elections, Nigeria's political landscape was off to a new shape Monday with the emergence of a new political association cutting across four of the country's six geo-political zones. Full text...

  • Tandja denies rumours of poor health after long visit to China
    19 june 2001 17:22:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger President Tandja Mamadou Tuesday officially denied press reports that he was in poor health. Full text...

  • OAU Civil Society conference adopts report
    19 june 2001 16:35:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Hundreds of delegates from across Africa at the weekend concluded a five-day OAU-Civil Society Conference in Addis Ababa, with the adoption of a 40-page l50-point report. Full text...

  • Controversy erupts over resumption of cooperation
    19 june 2001 15:27:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo's communication minister and government spokesman, Kikaya Bin Karubi, has denounced "some sons of the soil who are moving heaven and earth to delay the resumption of structural cooperation between the Kingdom of Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Salim expected Tuesday in Mali
    19 june 2001 15:03:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim is expected Tuesday in Bamako for a three-day official visit, Foreign ministry sources said. Full text...

  • Opposition leaders' wrangle resuscitates old claims
    19 june 2001 14:48:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Parliamentarians from both sides of the political divide watched in awe as main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leaders took their long-running leadership feud to the house floor. Full text...

  • Mediator updates sub region on Congo peace process
    19 june 2001 14:25:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Facilitator of the peace process in DR Congo, former Botswana President Ketumile Masire, has acknowledged what he said was positive progress in the implementation of the Lusaka Peace Protocol, affirming that all was going according to plan. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau arrests two journalists
    19 june 2001 14:15:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Editor Joao de Barros and his colleague Athizar Mendes on the "Diario" newpaper in Guinea Bissau have been arrested by Interior Ministry officials for publishing articles against President Kumba Yalla. Full text...

  • New Political Group Emerges
    19 june 2001 14:13:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's political landscape is taking a new shape ahead of the 2003 general elections, with the emergence of a new political association cutting across four of the country's six geo-political zones. Full text...

  • Burundi army kills 13 rebels on Lake Tanganyika
    19 june 2001 13:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's army has reportedly killed 13 rebels on Lake Tanganyika, which borders Bujumbura, official sources said Tuesday in the Burundian capital. Full text...

  • Rwandan troops not ready to leave Congo
    19 june 2001 13:27:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has reiterated that it requires security guarantees from authorities in Kinshasa, before withdrawing all its troops from the DR Congo. Full text...

  • Rights Groups angry with Wade over Habre's case
    19 june 2001 11:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Human rights groups supporting those claiming abuse under exiled former Chadian Hissene Habre, have accused Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade of trying to assist the former Chadian leader to escape justice, the Senegalese News Agency (APS) has reported. Full text...

  • Ide Oumarou calls for inquiry into Mainassara's death
    19 june 2001 10:06:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Former OAU Secretary-General Ide Oumarou, has called for an inquiry into the 9 April 1999 assassination of Niger former President Ibrahim Bare Mainassara In an interview with Niger private television TENETE TV, Oumarou, who was a Director of cabinet in Mainassara's administration, said the crime must not go unpunished. Full text...

  • ANC officials fete 59-year-old Mbeki
    19 june 2001 08:29:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of South Africa's ruling African National Congress' National Working Committee, the Youth and Women's Leagues Monday hosted President Thabo Mbeki at a surprise party to mark his 59th birthday. Full text...

  • Patten received by Mohammed VI
    18 june 2001 23:45:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Monday held discussions in Agadir with the visiting European Commissioner for External Relations, Christopher Patten. Full text...

  • France calls for positive EU position on Cote d'Ivoire
    18 june 2001 23:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine Monday described the position of Paris on Cote d'Ivoire as "constructive" in view of the steps being undertaken by President Laurent Gbagbo to enable a positive evolution of the political situation in the West African country. Full text...

  • France secures plot for embassy in Banjul
    18 june 2001 23:05:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- France has secured a plot of land where it intends to establish an embassy in Banjul, the Gambian capital by the year 2002, official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • Zambian envoy meets Jammeh
    18 june 2001 22:29:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Monday received and invitation from his Zambian counterpart, Frederick Chiluba, to attend the 37th OAU summit in Lusaka from 9-11 July. Full text...

  • Masire tours SADC over inter-Congolese dialogue
    18 june 2001 22:25:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A preliminary meeting to prepare the inter-Congolese dialogue is scheduled on 16 July in the Gaborone, the facilitator of the peace process in DR Congo, former Botswana president Quett Masire said. Full text...

  • ANC, Congolese Workers' Party Compare Notes
    18 june 2001 21:52:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The ruling parties of Congo and South Africa have signed a memorandum of understanding aimed at promoting their relationship and exchanging experience. Full text...

  • Opossition 's visit to Pretoria angers Muluzi
    18 june 2001 21:24:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The South African High Commissioner in Lilongwe, Carter Seleka is asking authorities in Malawi to explain what President Bakili Muluzi meant by saying opposition politicians visited Pretoria last week to discuss with "terrorists". Full text...

  • Namibian Troops Back From DR Congo
    18 june 2001 20:10:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- About 150 Namibian troops arrived at the Grootfontein military base Monday from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the defence ministry has announced. Full text...

  • Gbagbo asks France to help normalise ties with EU
    18 june 2001 19:37:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Visiting Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo Monday called on France to help normalise relations between Abidjan and its development partners of the European Union. Full text...

  • Paper Says Nigeria Provides Security For Kuffour
    18 june 2001 19:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A team of Nigerian secret service officials has been dispatched to Ghana to help ensure the security of President John Kuffour, the privately-owned Guardian newspaper has reported. Full text...

  • 1,000 civilians end military training in Bujumbura
    18 june 2001 18:00:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 1,000 civilians resident around the Bujumbura City Council area were awarded certificates Monday after completion of a three-month military training within the framework of the Burundi government's self-defence policy. Full text...

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