Politics - African Union
  • African leaders in for tight summit schedule
    08 july 2001 11:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Details begun to emerge Sunday on the programme awaiting African leaders when they convene in Lusaka 9-11 July for the annual OAU Heads of State summit. Full text...

  • Wade's recipe in democratic governance
    08 july 2001 10:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 37th OAU Summit in Lusaka, expected to transform the organisation into an African Union, presents an opportunity for African leaders to reflect on the socio-economic and political backwardness of a continent otherwise richly endowed in human and material resources. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan, Joseph Kabila likely to meet in Lusaka
    08 july 2001 09:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Well-placed UN sources say Secretary General Kofi Annan might on the sidelines of the 37th OAU summit opening 9 July in Lusaka, Zambia, meet with President Joseph Kabila of DR Congo. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan awaited in Lusaka
    07 july 2001 21:26:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Over 40 countries have already confirmed their participation in the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) heads of state and government summit which opens in the country next week. Full text...

  • African leaders begin arriving for OAU summit
    07 july 2001 21:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders Saturday began arriving in Lusaka for next week's historic OAU summit where the 38-year old continental body is expected to be transformed into the African Union to foster closer economic and political integration. Full text...

  • Mauritius wants special meeting on African Union
    07 july 2001 20:40:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Mauritius has tabled a proposal at the 74th ordinary session of the council of ministers, which, if adopted by the upcoming heads of state summit, may radically turn round the course of the African Union. Full text...

  • More OAU members settle debts to avoid sanctions
    07 july 2001 19:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The OAU said Saturday that several member countries which had been slapped with a range of sanctions earlier this week for not paying their annual membership dues had paid in order to escape the punishment. Full text...

  • Zambia backs Zimbabwe on land reform
    07 july 2001 19:02:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba Saturday strongly backed his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe in his controversial land reform programme involving the seizure of idle white-owned farms to resettle landless Zimbabweans. Full text...

  • Chiluba Urges Africans to Push Hard for Union
    07 july 2001 18:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- President Frederick Chiluba of Zambia has called on Africans in all walks of life not to dither in the effort to construct a strong African Union. Full text...

  • Conflict resolution to take centre stage in African Union
    07 july 2001 17:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Frederick Chiluba said here Saturday that conflict resolution and prevention would be immediate priorities of the African Union. Full text...

  • Political party wants African Union to form army
    07 july 2001 17:29:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- An opposition party in Cameroon is urging the African Union to "quickly initiate a policy regarding the formation of a Pan-African Armed Forces" or PAAF. Full text...

  • OAU foreign ministers resume session
    07 july 2001 14:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 74th ordinary session of the OAU Council of Ministers entered its third day in Lusaka Saturday amid speculations it might drag into the night due to lack of consensus on some contentious issues. Full text...

  • New Profiles for the African Union
    07 july 2001 13:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- One of the major issues of the 37th ordinary session of the O. Full text...

  • African countries neglect parliament protocol
    07 july 2001 10:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Mali and Namibia are the only OAU member countries that have signed the protocol for the establishment of a Pan-African Parliament, a vital organ under the African Union (AU), says a document being discussed by African foreign ministers in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Malaysia expresses support for African Union
    06 july 2001 16:29:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • Forty-Seven countries ratify African Union's Act
    06 july 2001 16:14:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Cape Verde and Malawi have ratified the Constitutive Act of the African Union, bringing the total number of countries which have ratified the document to 47, the OAU said in Lusaka Friday. Full text...

  • Morocco features at session of OAU ministerial Council
    06 july 2001 11:34:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Although the Kingdom of Morocco has not indicated any desire to return to the OAU, which it quit 19 years ago, the issue has been prominent in discussions at the 74th ordinary session of the Council of Ministers meeting in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Arafat to attend OAU summit
    06 july 2001 10:54:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat would attend next week's OAU summit in Zambia, a Palestinian diplomat has confirmed. Full text...

  • Somali warlords furious with OAU over recognition
    06 july 2001 09:42:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A group of Somali warlords warned Friday that the OAU's decision to recognise the eight-month-old government of President Abdikassim Salad Hassan could spark renewed fighting in the Horn of Africa. Full text...

  • 15 battalions permanently mobilised for ECOMOG
    05 july 2001 23:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- For the first time in the history of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the 15 member states are ready to place a batallion each at the disposal of ECOMOG, the West African peacekeeping force. Full text...

  • Guinea's Kouyate wants a vocal African Union
    05 july 2001 22:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Guinea's candidate for the post of OAU secretary general, Lansana Kouyate, on Thursday said he expects the voice of Africa to be heard louder under the African Union. Full text...

  • Cameroonian Parliament ratifies AU constitutive act
    05 july 2001 17:45:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Parliament in Cameroon has adopted a bill allowing the President of the Republic to rafify the constitutive act of the African Union. Full text...

  • Salim challenges Ministers on African Union
    05 july 2001 16:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- As the 74th ordinary session of the OAU's Council of Ministers got underway in Lusaka Thursday, OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim says he envisages a turning point in Africa's march towards integration. Full text...

  • OAU Council of Ministers picks bureau members
    05 july 2001 15:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 74th ordinary session of the OAU Council of Ministers of has elected a new bureau to guide the organisation's transition to its new African Union status. Full text...

  • OAU mourns late Tanzanian VP
    05 july 2001 15:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity Thursday paid tribute to Tanzanian Vice-President Ali Juma, who died in Dar-es-Salaam last night. Full text...

  • African Ministers urged to strengthen continental Union
    05 july 2001 14:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 74th OAU Council of Ministers opened in Lusaka, Zambia Thursday with calls by delegates for stronger political will by member countries to jolt the continental body into vibrancy as it transforms into the African Union. Full text...

  • Five states agree to merge MAP, Omega Plan
    05 july 2001 11:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Five Organisation of African Unity (OAU) member states Wednesday agreed to merge the planned Millennium Partnership for the African Recovery Programme (MAP) and the Omega Plan. Full text...

  • Salim urges OAU to boost its revenue
    04 july 2001 16:41:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim said Wednesday that the continental Organisation should find alternative ways to boost its revenue and stem its perennial financial woes. Full text...

  • Mandela, other African leaders for Lusaka Summit
    04 july 2001 16:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela is among 35 to 40 African leaders expected to attend the 37th Summit of the Organisation of African Unity, which opens in Lusaka, Zambia, next week. Full text...

  • Zambian government warns against disruption of OAU summit
    04 july 2001 13:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has issued a stern warning to anyone planning to disrupt the OAU summit scheduled slated for 9-11 July in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Foreign ministers due in Zambia for OAU pre-summit meeting
    04 july 2001 11:21:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African Foreign ministers arrive in Zambia Wednesday for preparatory consultations ahead of the OAU Heads of State and government summit starting next week. Full text...

  • South Africa confident that MAP would be adopted
    04 july 2001 08:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government is teeming with confidence that President Thabo Mbeki's Millennium African Recovery Plan (MAP), a proposed blueprint designed to promote development, democracy and peace in the continent, would be adopted at the forthcoming OAU summit in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Parliament empowers Kerekou to ratify Consultative Act
    03 july 2001 19:37:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- The parliament in Benin Tuesday unanimously passed a bill authorising President Mathieu Kerekou to ratify the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act. Full text...

  • NGO wins OAU observer status
    03 july 2001 17:44:00
    LUSAKA- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU) said it has agreed to grant a continental non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Senegal observer status in the body. Full text...

  • Female candidate for OAU chief throws in towel
    03 july 2001 17:33:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, the Zambian woman who campaigned for the post of OAU secretary- general, has finally thrown in the towel after the Zambian government refused to endorse her candidacy. Full text...

  • IMO to build brain-drain database on SADC
    03 july 2001 15:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The International Organisation for Migration, or IMO, is to build a comprehensive data-base on the numbers of professionals and other skilled workers who have left Southern Africa for other parts of the world due to poor economic opportunities in their own home countries. Full text...

  • OAU imposes sanctions on debtor members
    03 july 2001 15:30:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Organisation of African Unity (OAU), facing mounting annual subscription arrears from its members, said Tuesday it would impose a range of sanctions on 15 debtor countries to induce them to pay up. Full text...

  • Kadhafi discusses African Union with Compaore
    03 july 2001 11:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Col. Full text...

  • OAU Debtor Nations
    02 july 2001 18:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Only four of OAU's 53-member States were up to date in contributions to the organisation's ordinary budget, while more than 30 percent of members faced sanctions over unpaid arrears as of 28 June 2001. Full text...

  • Zambia's Chiluba gears up for OAU political windfall
    02 july 2001 18:07:00
    Lusaka- Zambia - Zambian President Frederick Chilu-ba steps at the heart of African diplomacy this week when he hosts over 40 colleagues from around the continent for an Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit, but his domestic critics suspect he wants to make undue political capital out of the meeting for the forthcoming presidential poll. Full text...

  • OAU coffers: a catastrophic situation
    02 july 2001 17:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The amount outstanding in the contribution of OAU member states as of 1 June 2001 stands at 14. Full text...

  • Envoy Says OAU Ambassadors Opening Session Fruitful
    02 july 2001 17:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's Ambassador to the OAU, Simataa Akapelwa, has described the opening session of the Committee of Ambassadors and plenipotentiaries in Lusaka Monday, as "important and very promising". Full text...

  • Committee on DR Congo meets in Lusaka Wednesday
    02 july 2001 15:39:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A regional ministerial meeting of countries involved in the DR Congo conflict is planned for Lusaka, Zambia Wednesday, to finalise plans on disarmament, demobilisation, reintegration and resettlement of so-called "negative forces". Full text...

  • Humanitarian body seeks OAU's observer status
    02 july 2001 15:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- "Africa Aid Africa" (AAA), a humanitarian mutual aid and solidarity organisation, has requested an observer status with the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Full text...

  • Salim proposes reforms for OAU emergency fund
    02 july 2001 14:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Outgoing OAU secretary-general Salim Ahmed Salim Monday proposed that the organisation's Special Emergency Assistance Fund (SEAF), which mainly provides financial assistance to drought-stricken member states, be reformed to improve its operational efficiency. Full text...

  • OAU Committee of Ambassadors meets in Lusaka
    02 july 2001 14:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The 13th ordinary session of the Committee of Ambassadors and other Plenipotentiaries accredited to the Organisation of African Unity opened Monday in Lusaka, Zambia, chaired by Ali Awidan, Libyan Ambassador to Ethiopia and the OAU. Full text...

  • Salim In Lusaka, Upbeat On African Union
    30 june 2001 19:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim, arrived in Lusaka Saturday, assuring that the 9-11 July Summit of the continent's foremost political grouping taking place in the Zambian capital would be a huge success. Full text...

  • Zambia into OAU frenzy
    30 june 2001 16:51:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is into a frenzy as the southern African country prepares to host one of the biggest summits of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) next week. Full text...

  • Over 40 countries confirm attendance at African summit
    29 june 2001 16:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia said Friday 41 countries had confirmed they will attend the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) summit in Lusaka next week, when the continental body will formally be transformed into the African Union. Full text...

  • Congo ratifies constitutive act of the African Union
    27 june 2001 23:10:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo's national transition council (provisional Parliament) has ratified the African Union constitutive act that OAU Heads of State and government adopted in Lome, Togo in July last year. Full text...

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