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  • COMESA joins private sector to address conflicts
    19 april 2001 17:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Member states of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) have agreed to work with the private sector, NGOs and the civil society in the promotion of peace and security in the sub-region. Full text...

  • 33 states deposit African Union ratification instruments
    19 april 2001 17:19:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A total of 33 African states had deposited the instruments of ratification of the African Union by Thursday at the OAU Secretariat in Addis Ababa, according to sources at the OAU legal section The following is the full list, in a chronological order, of countries that had deposited their documents by 19 April 2001. Full text...

  • MPs Suspended for Fighting in Parliament
    19 april 2001 16:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two Kenyan Members of Parliament have been suspended from the House for 10 days after they were found guilty of involving themselves in a physical brawl with the precincts of the Parliament. Full text...

  • President Wade opposes creation of an African Monetary Fund
    20 march 2001 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has stressed the importance of African states to actively take part in the reform process of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid the surprises like those they now face under the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Full text...

  • UEMOA satisfied with Senegal's convergence programme
    15 march 2001 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Commission of the West-African Economic and Monetary Union or UEMOA felt that the projections of Senegal's 2000-2003 multi-annual programme is ""compatible with the union's convergence criteria"", Le Journal de l'Economie has reported. Full text...

  • A monumental Seed of change sown in Sirte
    13 march 2001 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The true dimensions of momentous events in history are rarely perceived, analysed or interpreted from the onset. Full text...

  • The African Union needs strong media partnership
    13 march 2001 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) --One week after the ratification of the African Union Treaty both its founders and the bureaucrats in Addis Ababa must now face the hard reality of having to convince even those who have said ""yes"" to the union that the new body will be essentially different from the OAU it seeks to replace. Full text...

  • Lesotho ratifies African Union act
    13 march 2001 23:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) --The Kingdom of Lesotho has become the 25th member state of the OAU to submit its instrument of ratification of the constitutive act of the African Union or AU with the continental body, official sources said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia ratifies Constitutive Act of African Union
    12 march 2001 23:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has become the 32nd OAU member-State to ratify the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the Organisation of African Unity said in a statement. Full text...

  • Diplomats get Senegal's Omega Plan for Africa
    09 march 2001 23:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Foreign Minister Cheikh Tidiane Gadio of Senegal has hailed the proclamation of the African Union in the Libyan city Sirte last week, describing the move as ""a big step toward creating the United States of Africa. Full text...

  • Ethiopia ratifies African Union constitutive act
    09 march 2001 23:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Lower House of Ethiopia's federal parliament, the Council of Peoples Representatives, has ratified the constitutive act of the African Union. Full text...

  • Kabila wants African Unity before Union
    08 march 2001 23:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese President Joseph Kabila says African unity needs to be given concrete expression before the envisaged continental Union can be realised. Full text...

  • Meles Says Union Crowns Africa's Liberation Struggle
    04 march 2001 23:04:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has described the historic launching of the African Union as an event constituting ""a successful step in the crowning of the continent's liberation struggle. Full text...

  • Beyond The Sirte II Declaration
    04 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- By their historic 2 March Declaration of the African Union in the Libyan city of Sirte, African leaders have proved that much can be accomplished through unalloyed commitment. Full text...

  • New East African Community Gathers Clout
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- There is a strong sentiment now running through East Africa over the future of the new East African Community, or EAC. Full text...

  • Africa opposes all hostilities against Libya
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African leaders wound up the fifth OAU extraordinay summit in Sirte on Friday with an unusual motion warning that they would not tolerate the continuation of hostile actions against Libya and its leader, Col. Full text...

  • 37th Summit To Declare OAU Transition To African Union
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The fifth extraordinary session of the Organisation of African Unity ended Friday evening in Sirte, Libya after having adopted a ""solemn declaration establishing the African Union"". Full text...

  • Kenya, Guinea Sign Africa Union Constitutive Act
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Kenya became the 52nd member state of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) to sign the Constitutive Act of the African Union at the just ended fifth extraordinary summit of African leaders. Full text...

  • African Union Proclaimed
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The 5th extraordinary summit of the OAU ended Friday in the Libyan city of Sirte with the proclamation of the African Union, a launching pad for greater continental unity and integration. Full text...

  • Consensus on Modalities for Proclaiming African Union
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- A consensus emerging from the second closed session of the OAU's Sirte II Summit Friday morning indicates that the formal act proclaiming the African Union will be instituted ""as soon as the constitutive act is effectively ratified by the needed two-third majority of OAU member states," "PANA learnt from reliable sources Friday. Full text...

  • Official Says UN Has Noted Calls For Lift of Sanctions On Libya
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- A senior UN official said Friday that the world body has noted the call by delegates to the OAU's 5th extra-ordinary Summit in Sirte for the lifting of sanctions on Libya over the so-called Lockerbie affair. Full text...

  • Union Act Ratified by 31 States
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Tripoli (PANA) -- An ad hoc committee at the OAU extraordinary summit in Sirte, Libya was Friday morning expected to present a synopsis of differences hindering consensus on the terms for a proclamation of the African Union, after ratification by 31 states - barely six short of the required majority. Full text...

  • Bashir Says African Union A Reality, Comments On Sudan Politics
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al- Bashir Friday said the dream of African Union has become a reality with 32 of OAU's 53 member-States having ratified the Constitutive Act of the Union. Full text...

  • Colonel Kadhafi Qualifies Sirte II a Historic Summit
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The leader of the Libyan Revolution, Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi, has described the 5th OAU extraordinary summit on the African Union as a ""historic turning point"", not only at continental but also at the international level. Full text...

  • Arafat Hails African Union, Seeks Support
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Palestine Liberation Organisation leader, Yasser Arafa has hailed the move towards greater African Unity and called for international support for the Palestinian struggle for an Independent homeland. Full text...

  • Salim Enjoins African Leaders to Ponder Implications of Union
    02 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The OAU began its 5th extra-ordinary Summit on African Union in the Libyan city of Sirte Thursday, with Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim urging the leaders to consider the implications associated with the move towards greater unity and continental integration. Full text...

  • Mandela calls on Sirte summit to back Kadhafi
    01 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela on Thursday urged leaders attending the fifth OAU extraordinary summit in Sirte to take a clear decision calling for the immediate and definitive lifting of UN Security Council imposed sanctions against Libya over the Lockerbie affair. Full text...

  • OAU Opens Fifth Extraordinary OAU Summit In Sirte
    01 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- The fifth extraordinary summit of the Organisation of African Unity opened late Thursday evening in Sirte on a double call for the ratification of the Constitutive Act of the African Union and the adoption of a political decision pressing for the immediate lifting of the sanctions imposed on Libya regarding the Lockerbie affair. Full text...

  • Somali President Urges Greater African Unity
    01 march 2001 23:04:00
    Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- President Abdikasim Salad Hassan of Somalia, whose country has returned to the OAU after a 10-year absence, says he looks forward to a stronger Africa that would focus on development. Full text...

  • 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...

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