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  • Advance Pakistani troops arrive in Freetown
    22 june 2001 20:26:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- A batch of 255 Pakistani troops have arrived in Freetown to prepared for soldiers from that country who would join the UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone, UN spokesperson Margaret Novicki confirmed in Freetown on Friday. Full text...

  • UN General Assembly to elect Annan 29 June
    22 june 2001 20:18:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The UN General Assembly will take up a Nigerian-sponsored proposal to elect the next Secretary General on 29 June, a UN spokesperson announced Friday. Full text...

  • South Africa, Rwanda hold joint commission meeting
    22 june 2001 20:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and Rwanda Friday held the first meeting of their joint Commission of Co- operation since its creation on 17 December 1999. Full text...

  • Lissouba doubts Bongo's neutrality in Congo mediation
    22 june 2001 19:46:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Former Congolese President Pascal Lissouba has expressed doubts about the neutrality of President Omar Bongo of Gabon when he organised the recent all-inclusive national dialogue held in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Nujoma to host returnee Namibian troops from DR Congo
    22 june 2001 18:12:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- President Sam Nujoma will Sunday host a group of Namibian soldiers returning from the DR Congo civil war, official sources said Friday. Full text...

  • OIC Foreign Ministers meet in Bamako
    22 june 2001 16:56:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The 28th session of the Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), opens next Monday in Bamako, sources from the Malian Foreign Ministry said Friday. Full text...

  • Rights activist denounces acts of violence
    22 june 2001 16:20:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- The Central African Republic authorities are about to lose the support of human rights activists which they won after crashing former ruler Andre Kolingba's aborted coup three weeks ago. Full text...

  • Tunisian Court of Appeal orders new LTDH Congress
    22 june 2001 15:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The Court of Appeal in Tunis has upheld the ruling of a lower court, nullifying the October 2000 Congress held by the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), legal sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone demobilisation commission enlists RUF members
    22 june 2001 13:55:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The executive secretary of Sierra Leone's National Commission for Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (NCDDR) Francis Kaikai, has confirmed the inclusion in the body, of five senior members of the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF). Full text...

  • Parliament appoints new anti-corruption director
    22 june 2001 13:43:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau MPs have appointed a new director for the anti-corruption bureau during the current session of parliament. Full text...

  • Jerusalem Fund meets in Morocco
    22 june 2001 12:37:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A fund set up by the Islamic Conference Organisation (ICO) to aid Palestinians meets in Rabat, Morocco next week. Full text...

  • ANC calls for moratorium on evictions and water cuts
    22 june 2001 10:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Following a spate of evictions and water cut-offs across Cape flats, Western Cape ANC provincial leader Ebrahim Rasool has called for a moratorium. Full text...

  • OIC slates inter-parliamentary confab for September
    22 june 2001 10:51:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The second congress of the Inter- parliamentary Union of the the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) has been scheduled for 24-26 september in Morocco. Full text...

  • Libya-Benin joint commission meets in Cotonou
    22 june 2001 10:48:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin and Libyan experts Friday begin a two-day session on ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries, official sources said in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Mugabe seeks Kenya's support in land crisis
    22 june 2001 09:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe was in Nairobi this week for consultations with President Daniel arap Moi on how Kenya handled the issue of compensation to the white farmers at her Independence 38 years ago, as he (Mugabe) grapples with a similar situation in his backyard. Full text...

  • Impressions from Bangui
    22 june 2001 08:19:00
    Bangui- CAR (PANA) -- When flight 632 of CAMAIR arriving from Yaounde came to a stop on the tarmac of Mpoko Airport in Bangui just before 6 pm local time (5 pm GMT) this Wednesday 20 June, soldiers immediately surrounded the plane. Full text...

  • Impressions from Bangui
    22 june 2001 08:16:00
    Bangui- CAR (PANA) -- When flight 632 of CAMAIR arriving from Yaounde came to a stop on the tarmac of Mpoko Airport in Bangui just before 6 pm local time (5 pm GMT) this Wednesday 20 June, soldiers immediately surrounded the plane. Full text...

  • Buyoya visits South Africa for talks with Mandela
    21 june 2001 23:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- President Pierre Buyoya of Burundi Thursday flew to Pretoria to hold talks with former South African President Nelson Mandela on the peace process in Burundi. Full text...

  • Goumba deplores suspension of Kolingba's party
    21 june 2001 23:39:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- A Central African Republic opposition leader Prof. Full text...

  • Benin, Niger submit border dispute to ICJ
    21 june 2001 23:06:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Benin and Niger have reached an agreement to submit their Niger River border dispute to The Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ), official sources in Niamey revealed Thursday. Full text...

  • Deputy Libyan foreign minister visits Paris Friday
    21 june 2001 23:03:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Libyan vice minister for foreign affairs, Saad Mustafa Mujber would pay an official visit to France Friday in the context of the existing political dialogue between both countries, foreign ministry spokesman Francois Rivasseau in Paris Thursday. Full text...

  • Mozambican Prime Minister Visits Cape Verde
    21 june 2001 22:57:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi started Thursday a four-day visit to Cape Verde at the invitation of his counterpart, Jose Maria Neves. Full text...

  • Benin, Russia abolish visas for diplomats
    21 june 2001 21:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin and Russia Thursday signed an agreement in Cotonou abolishing visas for holders of diplomatic and service passports from both countries. Full text...

  • Congo's constitutional referendum expected in September
    21 june 2001 21:16:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's constitutional referendum could be held by September if the envisaged administrative census is completed on schedule, interior ministry sources said Thursday. Full text...

  • France to support Cote d'Ivoire's decentralisation
    21 june 2001 20:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France has promised to provide technical support and expertise to assist Cote d'Ivoire's decentralisation programme. Full text...

  • Namibian soldiers back home from DRC
    21 june 2001 20:18:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- About 300 members of Namibia's National Defence Force contingent serving in the Democratic Republic of Congo will return home Sunday, it was officially announced here Thursday. Full text...

  • Bongo Says All Is Calm In Port Gentil After Youth Riot
    21 june 2001 19:31:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- President Omar Bongo, on a stopover here Thursday, said the situation in south-west Gabon's Port Gentil was under control after unemployed youth went on rampage late Wednesday and destroyed property. Full text...

  • Burglars ransack Central African Parliament
    21 june 2001 17:00:00
    Bangui- Central African Republic (PANA) -- Several offices at the National Assembly building in the Central African Republic were on the night of Wednesday sacked by unknown individuals. Full text...

  • South African MPs at odds with police boss
    21 june 2001 16:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa PANA) -- The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party has called for the censure of a senior police officer for telling the House that some MPs were paid police informers. Full text...

  • Senegalese, American MPs share experiences
    21 june 2001 14:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A delegation of US parliamentarians met this week in Dakar with their Senegalese counterparts to exchange legislative experiences, the Senegalese News Agency (APS) reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Philippine peace talks open in Libya
    21 june 2001 13:57:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • China's 1-Million-Dollar Military Assistance to Nigeria
    21 june 2001 13:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- China has offered Nigeria one million dollars to upgrade its military facilities, visiting Chinese military officials revealed. Full text...

  • Obasanjo To Meet Nigerian Soldiers
    21 june 2001 13:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The first in a series of meetings planned by President Olusegun Obasanjo to sensitise Nigeria's military on its role under a democracy, begins Saturday in the northern city of Kaduna, according to Chief of Defence Staff, Vice-Admiral Ibrahim Ogohi. Full text...

  • Ivorian leader addresses French deputies
    21 june 2001 10:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo has slammed at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Union for their rather slow moves to resume assistance to his country. Full text...

  • France, Cote d'Ivoire to continue defence cooperation
    20 june 2001 23:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French defence minister Allain Richard Wednesday said Paris would continue military cooperation with Abidjan, but reiterated the adherence of non-interference in the internal affairs of Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Philippine Vice-President Calls On Kadhafi
    20 june 2001 23:04:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan Revolution leader Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi received on Wednesday the Philippines Vice- President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Teofisto Guingona, and Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamad Shihab Alaoui. Full text...

  • France pleads for support to Cote d'Ivoire
    20 june 2001 21:50:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French finance, economy and industry minister Laurent Fabius on Wednesday highlighted the importance of giving economic support to Cote d'Ivoire so as to bolster its efforts to entrench political stability. Full text...

  • Opposition Leader Sent Back to Jail
    20 june 2001 21:47:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian politician Mohamed Mouada, released over four years ago on parole from an 11-year jail term, has been sent back to prison, TAP news agency reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Committee evaluates Libyan-Tunisian ties
    20 june 2001 21:09:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A Libyan-Tunisian evaluation committee started a two-day meeting in Tripoli Wednesday to examine ways of enhancing bilateral relations between the neighbouring states, diplomatic sources said. Full text...

  • Malian diplomats about to go on strike
    20 june 2001 20:34:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The workers' union of the Malian ministry of foreign affairs threatens to stage a two-day strike beginning 3 July to protest against "unfavourable working conditions of Malian diplomats". Full text...

  • 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...

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