Politics - African Union
  • Ivorian, Namibian envoys meet Buyoya
    27 june 2001 23:09:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi leader Pierre Buyoya Wednesday granted audience to two envoys from Cote d'Ivoire and Namibia, who brought messages from their Presidents believed in connection with their candidacy for the African Union Secretary General post. Full text...

  • Where is the traditional African hospitality?
    27 june 2001 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Even in misery, Africans are known to be generous in their traditional hospitality. Full text...

  • Where is the traditional African hospitality?
    27 june 2001 17:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Even in misery, Africans are known to be generous in their traditional hospitality. Full text...

  • Amara Essy intensifies campaign for African Union job
    26 june 2001 21:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Amara Essy, Ivorian former Foreign Minister and one of the candidates for the post of the African Union Secretary General, is in Bamako to seek the support of African delegates to the 28th Foreign Ministers session of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC). Full text...

  • Guinea asks Togo to support Kouyate's candidature
    23 june 2001 09:10:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Guinean President Lansana Conte has asked Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema to support the candidature of Guinean Lansana Kouyate for the secretary general post of the newly-formed African Union. 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...

  • 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...

  • UK fully supports African Union
    18 june 2001 15:39:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ahead of the OAU's July Summit in Lusaka, Zambia more favourable reactions are trailing the establishment of the African Union, with Britain saying it supports the initiative and wants to see it succeed. Full text...

  • Summit to tackle Mano River Union crises
    14 june 2001 19:58:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Like Angola, Sudan and other flash points in Africa, the Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, present some of the seemingly intractable conflicts expected to task African leaders at the OAU July Summit in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Summit to discuss crises in Mano River Union, as usual
    14 june 2001 18:03:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Difference crises within the Mano River Union are fast becoming a semi permanent item on the agenda of most OAU meetings, and next month's Lusaka summit will not be an exception. Full text...

  • OAU Summit to discuss NGO bid for observer status
    13 june 2001 20:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An NGO seeking observer status with the Organisation of African Unity sounded hopeful Tuesday that its request would be considered at next month's OAU summit in Lusaka, Zambia. Full text...

  • Parliament asked to ratify African Union act
    13 june 2001 16:02:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroonian legislators were on Wednesday presented with a bill asking Parliament to authorise the President to ratify the Constitutive Act of the African Union. Full text...

  • Differences hamper DR Congo political normalisation
    12 june 2001 22:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Differences surfacing ahead of the planned inter-Congolese dialogue cannot but be reminiscent of the the acrimony that surrounded the Sovereign National Conference (CNS) of the 1990s. Full text...

  • Another civil war looms over Burundi
    12 june 2001 16:30:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Never had xerox machines and printers been so much worked in Bujumbura as it happened recently in the wake of a report by the International Crisis Group (ICG). Full text...

  • Salim Ahmed Salim: A political profile
    12 june 2001 10:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Salim Ahmed Salim, the former Tanzanian prime minister who became the sixth Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity in 1989 "has served the body for so long and so well that his name has become synonymous with the house", admits one aide. Full text...

  • OAU scribe underscores role of civil society
    11 june 2001 23:37:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- At a five-day OAU-Civil Society Conference underway in Addis Ababa, Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim Monday acknowledged what he said was the increasingly important role grassroots and civil society organizations play in Africa's development. Full text...

  • Africa needs vibrant civil society
    11 june 2001 23:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia, (PANA) -- The key elements for Africa's future governance and economic development, namely the rule of law, accountable government, an educated and informed citizenry, and a people-friendly developmental state, would increasingly be the challenge on the agenda of a vibrant civil society. Full text...

  • Ibrahima Fall, an academician turned diplomat
    11 june 2001 17:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- For undisclosed resons, the Senegalese government withdrew the candidature of Ibrahima Fall, and backed the Ivorian Amara Essy as a replacement for the incumbent OAU Secretary General, Salim Ahmad Salim. Full text...

  • Nigeria struggles for own unity
    11 june 2001 10:39:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The birth of the African Union, expected to fast-track the political and economic integration of the continent, may have elicited happiness among the various peoples of the continent, but it has also renewed interest in the stability or otherwise of the constituent states. Full text...

  • Salim says Lusaka summit historic for Africa Union
    09 june 2001 12:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Salim Ahmed Salim Saturday says the forthcoming summit in Lusaka is more historical because it has been given specific responsibility to work out the practical modalities for the implementation of the creation of the African Union. Full text...

  • Tunisia gives Africa Day special significance
    08 june 2001 20:53:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The government of Tunisia Friday said the celebration of Africa Day this year was of "special significance especially after the proclamation and coming into force of the African Union". Full text...

  • African Union: 40 OAU Member States Deposit Instruments
    06 june 2001 18:24:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Gabon Wednesday became the 40th OAU Member State to deposit its instrument of ratification of the African Union Constitutive Act, with the General Secretariat. Full text...

  • Namibian MP wants African Union popularised
    06 june 2001 14:31:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's ruling SwapoParty MP, Erasmus Hendjala, has called on the country's Foreign Affairs, Information and Broadcasting Ministry to help popularise the Africa Union, whose Constitutive Act went into force 26 May. Full text...

  • Lansana Kouyate, the administrator diplomat
    04 june 2001 20:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Lansana Kouyate, Guinea's candidate in the race to succeed Tanzania's Salim Ahmed Salim as Secretary General of the Organisation of African Unity or the African Union, is not a stranger to pan-African affairs. 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cape Verdian parliament endorses AU act
    30 may 2001 16:20:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde's parliament has authorised the government to ratify the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), which took effect last Saturday. Full text...

  • Africa's power lies in unity, says American lobbyist
    29 may 2001 15:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An African American lobby group leader, Melvin P. Full text...

  • Salim calls for popularisation of African union
    25 may 2001 19:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim Friday called on the African people to popularise the African Union which becomes a political and legal reality on 26 May. Full text...

  • Envoy says African Union should be problem solving-oriented
    25 may 2001 14:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is probably one of the countries where hard feelings exist about the performance of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which marks its 38th anniversary on Friday. Full text...

  • Annan commends OAU for enhancing co-operation
    24 may 2001 18:37:00
    New York- United Nations (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has commended the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) for its role as rallying point for closer co-operation among African states during the past 38 years of its existence. Full text...

  • Salim calls for more unity under African Union
    24 may 2001 17:44:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU secretary general Salim Ahmed Salim stated on Thursday that the African Union had been the long-term objective since the continental political body was created in 1963. Full text...

  • Algeria, Mozambique ratify African Union act
    24 may 2001 15:12:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Mozambique and Algeria on Thursday informed the OAU secretariat in Addis Ababa that they had ratified the constitutive act of the African Union, which takes effect Saturday. Full text...

  • Ghana deposits Union ratification instrument
    21 may 2001 22:26:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ghana on Monday deposited its instrument of ratification of the constitutive act of the African Union, becoming the 37th OAU member state to do so. Full text...

  • African Union Act Before Senate Tuesday
    14 may 2001 17:24:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's Senate will Tuesday consider a bill on the pending ratification of the African Union's constitutive act, the Gabonese Press Agency (AGP) reported Monday. Full text...

  • African Human Rights Commission reflects on future status
    08 may 2001 14:36:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The African Commission for Human and People's Rights (CADHP) Monday decided, at the end of its 29th ordinary session, to initiate reflection on its future status, within the new framework of the African Union. Full text...

  • Good leadership to determine quality of African Union
    06 may 2001 15:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The quality and credibility of leaders in various countries would determine the strength of the African Union (AU) whose Constitutive Act is scheduled to take effect on 26 May, says an official from a Dakar-based development non-governmental organisation. Full text...

  • May: Month of mixed celebration for Africa
    28 april 2001 10:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Friday's announcement by the OAU that the much-awaited African Union is to be declared 26 May, a day after Africa Liberation Day, should normally evoke a sense of double celebration among Pan-Africanists. Full text...

  • Nigeria ratifies African Union Act
    27 april 2001 16:10:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria took a major step at regaining its role in Pan-African affairs by being the 36th Member State to deposit its instrument of ratification of the African Union Constitutive Act, with the OAU. Full text...

  • African Union to be declared 26 May
    27 april 2001 13:43:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Union is to be declared 26 May after the mandatory 36 of OAU's 53 Member States have deposited their instruments of ratification of the Union's Constitutive Act, it was announced in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday. Full text...

  • African Union to be declared 26 May
    27 april 2001 13:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Union is to be declared 26 May after the mandatory 36 of OAU's 53 Member States have deposited their instruments of ratification of the Union's Constitutive Act, it was announced in Abuja, Nigeria, Friday. Full text...

  • Cameroonian internationalist says West fears African Union
    21 april 2001 13:22:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- "The African Union works against major world interests, which explains why no Head of State has received congratulations from the West after the Lome summit," Prof. Full text...

  • Cameroon can't ratify Union Act before June 2001
    20 april 2001 19:46:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- After missing the March session, a bill proposing Cameroon's ratification of the African Union act is most likely to be tabled before Parliament in June, observers in Yoaunde reckon. Full text...

  • The nature and process of changes that come with the Union
    20 april 2001 15:34:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The historic transformation of the OAU into an African Union (AU) will necessitate, in the next twelve months, the confirmation of a legal document that supersedes all preceding ones and the establishment of five organs and six new Pan-African institutions. Full text...

  • 5 OAU founding members mitigate Panafrican commitment
    20 april 2001 14:51:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Sekou Toure, Fulbert Yulu, Ahmadou Ahidjo, Patrice Lumumba and Moktar Ould Daddah would certainly not have been proud of the lack of enthusiasm shown by current leaders of their countries in face of renewed attempts underway to unite the continent. Full text...

  • Parliament takes bold move by ratifying African Union Act
    20 april 2001 08:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa has actively participated in various multilateral summits and meetings, which have sown the seeds of the idea of a common, united African Union. Full text...

  • 37 Countries ratify African Union Treaty
    19 april 2001 20:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The General Secretariat of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now awaits only "three instruments of ratification" before officially announcing the "entry into force of the African Union Constitutive Act," sources close to the OAU legal Department revealed Thursday. 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...

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