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  • UN official urges halt to small arms trafficking
    04 june 2001 18:44:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A UN official Monday urged women in the Mano River Union (MRU) basin to "try to stop" the trafficking of small arms and light weapons in the region. Full text...

  • MLC rebels start to disengage from territory
    04 june 2001 18:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The rebel Movement for the Liberation of Congo (MLC) has finally started to disengage its troops 15 km from the contact zone following the deployment of military observers and humanitarian agencies in five areas controlled by the rebel movement in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • Ethnic clashes worry authorities as 2002 polls loom
    04 june 2001 17:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Bloody clashes took place during the run-up to and immediately after Kenya's first multiparty general elections in three decades in 1992. Full text...

  • Conte, Kabbah welcome UN sanctions on Liberia
    04 june 2001 17:44:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Guinean President Lansana Conte and his Sierra Leonean counterpart Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, have welcomed the sanctions imposed on Liberia by the UN Security Council. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean war veteran leader dies
    04 june 2001 17:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Chenjerai Hunzvi, the controversial leader of former fighters of Zimbabwe's war of independence died Monday of suspected cerebral malaria. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire woos Togo for OAU top job
    04 june 2001 16:24:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Former Ivorian Prime Minister Seydou Diarra, has met with President Gnassingbe Eyadema seeking Togo's support for Amara Essy, the Ivorian candidate for the post of the OAU Secretary General. Full text...

  • The Omega Plan for Africa
    04 june 2001 14:38:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The "Omega Plan for Africa," which President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal proposes to his peers, advocates a new pact of partnership with the rest of the world, managed by a "global authority" under the direct responsibility of the UN Secretary General. Full text...

  • Pan African peace caravan to visit Bujumbura
    04 june 2001 13:59:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The Peace and Solidarity Caravan initiated last year by a network of men and women with different profiles from about 30 African countries, is due mid-June in Burundi, official sources said. Full text...

  • Two die in Burundi militia clashes
    04 june 2001 13:14:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Official sources in Burundi Sunday said two rebels were killed and several others wounded late last Friday in clashes between pro-government militia and armed rebels in Mudende-Bururi south of the country. Full text...

  • South African opposition leader on week-long UK tour
    04 june 2001 11:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Tony Leon, the leader of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance is off to the United Kingdom for a weeklong visit. Full text...

  • Pretoria condemns latest Mid East violence
    04 june 2001 11:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has strongly condemned the suicide bombing that killed 19 teenagers outside a Tel Aviv nightclub at the weekend. Full text...

  • Somali Premier optimistic about prospects for beleaguered country
    04 june 2001 11:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The future looks bright, at least as perceived by Prime Minister Ali Khalif Galayhd, for Somalia's Transitional Government (TGS), what with renewed hopes for reconciliation following reports that differences between some opposition factions were beginning to thaw. Full text...

  • African Union: taking up where the OAU left off
    04 june 2001 11:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Taking up where its predecessor the OAU left off, and particularly against the backdrop of fresh challenges in a new world order, the priorities of the African Union can hardly be more obvious. Full text...

  • SADC prepares to monitor elections in Zambia, Lesotho
    04 june 2001 10:16:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- MPs from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum are meeting in Lusaka to strengthen their capacity in observing the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections in Zambia and Lesotho expected later this year. Full text...

  • Ethiopian returnees want redress for maltreatment in Libya
    03 june 2001 15:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Eight Ethiopians who were recently released from Libyan jails are seeking redress for the maltreatment they claim to have been subjected to while in confinement. Full text...

  • Bashir says refusal to meet Garang was tit for tat
    03 june 2001 14:14:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese President Omar el Bashir Sunday said he refused to meet rebel leader John Garang on the sidelines of the Saturday Nairobi summit conference of the Inter- government Authority for Development (IGAD) because the latter had many times aborted efforts by African leaders to bring them together. Full text...

  • ICRC repatriates more Ethiopia civilians from Asmara
    03 june 2001 13:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A fresh batch of 1,133 Ethiopians have been repatriated from Eritrea under facilitation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Full text...

  • Activists sound US opinion of alleged abuses in Ethiopia
    02 june 2001 19:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) The United Ethiopian Civic O-rganisation has announced it would on 6 June hold a 24-hour vigil in front of the State Department offices in Washington DC to draw international attention to what it said was the unjust imprisonment of human rights activists in Ethiopia. Full text...

  • Boosting of Franco-Tunisian dialogue
    02 june 2001 16:54:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- French cooperation minister Charles Josselin wound up a two-day trip to Tunisia Friday affirming what he said was a willingness between Paris and Tunis to strengthen relations. Full text...

  • Konare holds discussions with Kadhafi in Tripoli
    02 june 2001 16:41:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Malian leader Alpha Omar Konare arrived Saturday in Tripoli for a visit in Libya whose duration has not been specified. Full text...

  • Sudan conflict summit ends without agreement
    02 june 2001 15:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A day long summit of the Inter- Governmental Authority on Development's (IGAD) committee on the Sudan conflict ended Friday in Nairobi without an agreement between the warring parties. Full text...

  • IGAD summit on Sudan opens in Nairobi
    02 june 2001 11:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The summit of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development's (IGAD) committee on Sudan opened in Nairobi Saturday with a call on both sides of the conflict to do everything to ensure that peace returns to the country. Full text...

  • OIC boss reaffirms support for Palestinians
    02 june 2001 09:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) secretary general Abdelouahed Belkeziz has reaffirmed the IOC's unreserved support for the Palestinians' struggle against Israel during the current conflict. Full text...

  • Rwandan Hutu rebels clash with Ugandan forces
    01 june 2001 22:43:00
    Bunagana- Congo (PANA) -- Senior military sources in Kigali Friday reported that Rwandan Hutu rebels earlier in the week clashed with Ugandan armed forces in Gisoro, a border post between north-eastern DR Congo and Uganda. Full text...

  • Former Rwandan President stripped off privileges
    01 june 2001 22:38:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Former Rwandan President Pasteur Bizimungu, has been stripped of all privileges normally attached to ex-Heads of State in the country, Local Government Minister Desire Nyandwi announced in Kigali Friday. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan cautions against return of Sierra Leone refugees
    01 june 2001 22:30:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has described the security situation in Sierra Leone as "fragile," cautioning that "for the time being the conditions for the immediate return of all refugees to Sierra Leone do not exist. Full text...

  • Third person dies as protestors are bailed out
    01 june 2001 22:02:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A third victim of the unprecedented violence that erupted over the weekend in the northern district of Chitipa has died of gunshot wounds, hospital sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Forum adopts African Common Position
    01 june 2001 21:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Pan-African Forum on the future of Children in Africa Friday adopted a common position containing a declaration and Plan of Action, to be presented to the UN General Assembly session on children and the forthcoming OAU summit in Lusaka. Full text...

  • OAU welcomes cessation of bombardment
    01 june 2001 19:42:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim said Friday that he welcomed the cessation of bombardment in the south and the Nuba Mountains effective 25 May 25 as announced by the Sudanese Government. Full text...

  • Zambian candidate fails to win national support
    01 june 2001 18:27:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Prominent Zambian female politician and rights activist, Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika has failed to gain endorsement of the Zambian government in her bid to seek election as secretary general of Pan-African organisation at its July summit OAU in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Scores injured in political violence in Zimbabwe
    01 june 2001 14:57:00
    Bindura- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Scores of rival party supporters were injured Friday in campaign clashes in the northern Zimbabwean town of Bindura, police and eyewitnesses said. Full text...

  • France, South Africa sign cooperation agreements
    01 june 2001 14:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African and France have signed several agreements during the visit of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin aimed at strengthening ties between Paris and Pretoria. Full text...

  • Crisis in ruling party boils over
    01 june 2001 12:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expelled some key members of the party as the long-drawn crisis which hit the party in the past 18 months reached a climax, but the decision may signal the beginning of a fresh political problem in the party. Full text...

  • Senegal supports Amara Essy's candidature
    01 june 2001 12:26:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Senegal has withdrawn its candidate, Ibrahima Fall, from running for the post of OAU Secretary General, which falls vacant soon. Full text...

  • Gabon, Mauritania Ratify African Union act
    01 june 2001 11:55:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Gabon and Mauritania have ratified the Constitutive Act of the African Union becoming the 43rd and 44th OAU member states to do so. Full text...

  • South Africa, France issue Joint Declaration
    01 june 2001 11:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa and France on Friday expressed support for efforts being made to mobilise the international community in the fight against the incurable HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Bissau troops clash with Senegal's Casamance separatists
    31 may 2001 23:40:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea Bissau Defence minister Lucio Soares Thursday confirmed there were clashes between elements of the Bissau army and the Salif Sadio faction of the southern Senegalese Movement of Casamance Democratic Forces. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone's RUF hands over weapons to UN mission
    31 may 2001 22:38:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The UN mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) has confirmed the return of weapons the rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) seized from ECOMOG and UNAMSIL. Full text...

  • Mali ratifies protocol on African Parliament
    31 may 2001 22:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Mali, an OAU release announced Thursday, has become the first Member State to ratify the protocol to the treaty stabilising the African economic community relating to the Pan-African parliament, and to deposit the instrument of ratification with the OAU general secretariat. Full text...

  • Gabon, Mauritania ratify Union constitutive Act
    31 may 2001 21:56:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Gabon and Mauritania Thursday became the 43rd and 44th OAU member states to ratify the constitutive Act of the African Union, a release said. Full text...

  • Mozambique's RENAMO blames UN for unpaid bills
    31 may 2001 21:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's main opposition party and former rebel movement, RENAMO, has intimated the UN was to blame for its financial difficulties. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone signs protocol on African Parliament
    31 may 2001 20:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Permanent Representative at the OAU, Alhaji Fode M. Full text...

  • Mali condemns coup attempt in CAR
    31 may 2001 19:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government, in an official statement, has strongly condemned the attempted coup against President Ange Felix Patasse of the Central African Republic. Full text...

  • Old African hand Crocker likely US envoy to Sudan
    31 may 2001 19:30:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- Former Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, Chester Crocker has been tipped as US envoy to Sudan, where he could lead American efforts in resolving Sudan's 30-year-old civil war, press and diplomatic sources said in New York Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria, UK forging closer military ties
    31 may 2001 18:41:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is to strengthen military ties with former colonial power, UK as part of efforts to re-professionalise and re-equip its military, the local media reported Thursday. Full text...

  • African Union: Challenges and stakes of the Lusaka Summit
    31 may 2001 18:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The coming into force of the African Union on 26 May after 23 months of high-level efforts went unnoticed by the international community. Full text...

  • Zambians Say Govt Unprepared to Host OAU Summit
    31 may 2001 16:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Though government maintains it would be naive to change the venue of the forthcoming summit of the OAU, several Zambians say an alternative host could save their cash-strapped nation from embarrassment. Full text...

  • French Prime Minister visits South Africa
    31 may 2001 13:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- French Prime Minster Lionel Jospin arrived in South Africa Thursday on two-day official visit and held discussions with President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town. Full text...

  • South Africa asks for no reprieve for embassy bomber
    31 may 2001 12:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will not press US authorities to spare the life of Khalfan Khamis Mohamed, convicted Tuesday for involvement in the bombing of two US embassies in East Africa in 1998, justice ministry spokeman Paul Setsetse said Thursday in Cape Town. Full text...

  • UNHCR co-ordinator for Great Lakes tours Zambia
    31 may 2001 12:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UNHCR co-ordinator for the Great Lakes region, Chrysanthus Ache has arrived in Zambia in continuation of his tour to discuss the problem of refugees with government officials in the region. Full text...

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