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  • Senegalese rebels call for peace talks on neutral territory
    27 may 2004 16:41:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- The return of peace to Senegal's troubled region of Casamance required serious talks between the government and representatives duly mandated by the Movement for the Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC), supporters of the late warlord Sidy Badji have said. Full text...

  • Tembo to lead Malawi opposition alliance against weak govt
    27 may 2004 16:25:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Opposition parties in Malawi have resolved to band together under the leadership of unsuccessful presidential candidate John Tembo, whose Malawi Congress Party (MCP) garnered the most seats in the 193-member chamber in last week's elections. Full text...

  • Ivorian Premier insists on return of sacked ministers
    27 may 2004 15:45:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Seydou Diarra Thursday failed to convene cabinet meeting for the second time in the week, insisting that President Laurent Gbagbo recinds his decision to dismiss three ministers from the opposition. Full text...

  • Consultation on Darfur crisis starts at AU Commission
    27 may 2004 14:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A consultative meeting on the current crisis in the Darfur Region of western Sudan opened late Thursday at the Commission of the African Union. Full text...

  • AU hails progress in Sudan's peace process
    27 may 2004 13:38:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union (AU) has congratulated the Government of Sudan and its major opponent, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), for signing three important protocols that could lead to the end of Africa's longest civil war. Full text...

  • Sudan establishes diplomatic ties with Myanmar
    27 may 2004 13:04:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Countries with which Sudan has diplomatic relations reached 67 after Khartoum announced Thursday that it established ties with Myanmar at ambassadorial level. Full text...

  • EU, Sofia discuss fate of six Bulgarians convicts in Libya
    27 may 2004 12:52:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Commission and Bulgaria have been holding talks on avenues to pursue in obtaining the release of six Bulgarian doctors sentenced to death in Libya, official sources said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambian ruling party loses by-election in Copperbelt
    27 may 2004 12:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) in Zambia has failed to re-capture a parliamentary seat in the volatile Copperbelt region which it lost to opposition Patriotic Front (PF) less than a year ago, according to by-election results just released. Full text...

  • Jubilation in Khartoum over Sudanese peace pact
    27 may 2004 11:51:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Thousands of residents in Khartoum are in jubilant mood to greet the expected arrival on Thursday of the Sudanese peace talks delegation, led by Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha. Full text...

  • Witness in Kieffer's disappearance detained in Cote d'Iovire
    27 may 2004 10:38:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian paramilitary police have detained Michel Legre, one of the witnesses in the disappearance of Franco-Canadian journalist Guy-Andre Kieffer who has been reported missing since 16 April in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire's commercial centre. Full text...

  • Three parties shun Inter-Togolese dialogue
    27 may 2004 10:06:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Three Togolese parties have informed the government that they will not take part in the Inter-Togolese Dialogue starting Thursday in Lome, sources close to parties have said. Full text...

  • EU deeply concerned over missing journalist
    27 may 2004 09:39:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union's senior representative for foreign policy and common security, Javier Solana, has expressed "deep concern" about the disappearance of Franco-Canadian journalist Guy Andre Kieffer in a letter sent to Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo. Full text...

  • Sudanese sign decisive peace deal
    27 may 2004 09:15:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Long-time foes Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) and the Government of Sudan overnight signed a deal in Naivasha, Kenya paving the way for comprehensive peace in their war-torn country. Full text...

  • Saharawi accedes to AU Security Council protocol
    27 may 2004 08:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Only 20 Member States of the African Union are yet to ratify the protocol establishing the Peace and Security Council, the continental body's new organ responsible for peace, security and defence. Full text...

  • AU Commission condemns demolition of Palestinian homes
    27 may 2004 07:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Commission of the African Union has added its voice to the call by the international community on Israel to end its assaults against the Palestinian people. Full text...

  • SA police foils Al-Qaeda plot to disrupt elections
    27 may 2004 07:31:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African intelligence officials foiled an al-Qaeda-linked plot to disrupt the country's third democratic elections last month, according to police commissioner Jackie Selebi. Full text...

  • Malawi police detain opposition figure over radio interview
    26 may 2004 23:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Police Wednesday detained opposition coalition spokesperson Kholiwe Mkandawire in the northern district of Mzimba over what was described as a "provocative" radio interview last Sunday following release of the results of general elections held in Malawi earlier Thursday. Full text...

  • Bongo, Bush meet in Washington
    26 may 2004 23:50:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Visiting Gabonese president Omar Bongo Ondimba met Tuesday with his US counterpart George Bush in Washington, state television affirmed here Wednesday. Full text...

  • King Mohammed VI receives Mauritanian Prime Minister
    26 may 2004 23:43:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- King Mohammed VI received visiting Mauritanian Prime Minister, Sghair Ould M'Bareck in Agadir, 600 km south of Rabat Wednesday, official sources said. Full text...

  • EU welcomes lifting of restrictions in Darfur
    26 may 2004 22:48:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) Wednesday welcomed the Sudanese government's decision to lift restrictions on humanitarian workers' movements in the country's troubled western Darfur region. Full text...

  • French Co-operation Minister due in N'djamena Friday
    26 may 2004 22:35:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Minister of State for Co-operation and Francophonie affairs, Xavier Darcos is expected in N'djamena Friday on a day's visit to Chad, official sources said in Paris Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN worried by political situation in Côte d'Ivoire
    26 may 2004 22:26:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The UN Security Council has expressed concern over the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire regarding the stalemate in the peace process under the Linas-Marcoussis Accord. Full text...

  • Parliament debates review of Chadian Constitution
    26 may 2004 22:08:00
    N'djamena- Chad (PANA) -- Chadian parliament Wednesday began discussing a bill to amend the country's constitution to allow President Idriss Deby seek a third mandate in 2006. Full text...

  • Obiang Nguema ends visit to Morocco
    26 may 2004 22:03:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbazogo of Equatorial Guinea left Morocco Wednesday at the end of a private visit, according to official sources in Rabat. Full text...

  • Belgian Senate urges peace initiatives on Central Africa
    26 may 2004 21:35:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The Belgian Senate Foreign Affairs Committee urged the government Tuesday to take an "immediate diplomatic initiative" to get the different factions in Burundi resume talks on implementation of the Arusha Peace Agreement. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe court remands suspected mercenaries in custody
    26 may 2004 21:12:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A Zimbabwean court Wednesday adjourned to 10 June hearing in the case of a group of suspected foreign mercenaries detained here on allegations of breaching the country's security, immigration and firearms laws. Full text...

  • Installation of Comoros Parliament put on hold
    26 may 2004 20:04:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- In the wake of differences between local assemblies, the government and donor representatives, the installation of the Federal Parliament in the Comoros initially scheduled for 27 May in Moroni has been postponed to June due. Full text...

  • UNICEF decries death of children in Darfur
    26 may 2004 18:00:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Many children are dying from dehydration and malnutrition in Sudan's western province of Darfur, an official of the UN children's agency, UNICEF said in Brussels. Full text...

  • Belgian Foreign Minister plans Great Lakes' region tour
    26 may 2004 17:32:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian Foreign Minister Louis Michel is due in Kinshasa 30 June, to attend ceremonies DR Congo's 44th independence anniversary, as part of a tour of the Great Lakes region that would also take him to Burundi and Rwanda, official sources said in Brussels Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia reaffirms support for AU objectives
    26 may 2004 17:23:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Africa occupies a "privileged place" in the foreign policy of Tunisia, driving its faith in the African cause and the need to work for the development and prosperity of the African peoples. Full text...

  • Mauritian PM visits Mozambique
    26 may 2004 17:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Paul Berenger arrived Wednesday in Maputo at the head of a government and private sector delegation at the start of a five-day visit to Mozambique, an official source revealed here. Full text...

  • Benefits of Kadhafi's Belgian visit to rub off AU
    26 may 2004 17:00:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has hinted that while Libya stood to benefit from his 27-28 April visit to the European Union (EU) headquarters and Belgium, the African Union (AU) was also poised the enjoy the positive spin- offs emanating therefrom. Full text...

  • Mozambique, Mauritius sign co-operation agreements
    26 may 2004 16:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique and Mauritius signed on Wednesday co-operation agreements in several areas, with particular emphasis on security and public order. Full text...

  • Cotonou to host forum on African refugees in June
    26 may 2004 16:40:00
    Porto Novo- Benin (PANA) -- The Beninese Parliament announced has announced the hosting of a conference on "the challenges of protection and solutions to the refugee issue in Africa" in Cotonou from 1-3 June. Full text...

  • African Union to send observers to Darfur
    26 may 2004 16:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The African Union's newly established Peace and Security Council has decided to send an observer mission to the troubled region of Darfur in the Sudan. Full text...

  • Ex-Senegalese Premier on post-resignation sojourn
    26 may 2004 16:21:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Former Senegalese Prime Minister Idrissa Seck has arrived here on "a retreat", after which he will visit other leading cities, a source close to the ex-premier said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Burundi airport serves as MONUC's transit to DR Congo
    26 may 2004 15:55:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 52 Uruguayan Blue Helmets of the UN Mission in Congo (MONUC) have passed through Bujumbura's international airport en route to DR Congo to participate in peacekeeping operations in that country. Full text...

  • Africa Day celebrated in Tripoli
    26 may 2004 15:22:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahel and Saharan States (CEN-SAD) "represents a strategic movement towards the unification of a sizeable part of the African continent," CEN-SAD secretary general Mohamed Al-Madani Al-Azhari has said. Full text...

  • EU greets African Peace and Security Council
    26 may 2004 13:23:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has hailed the creation of the African Union's Peace and Security Council (PSC), conceived with the aim of providing the AU with "a solid mechanism that will enable it to act effectively in case of threat to peace and security in Africa". Full text...

  • Malawi's new president begins with tough talks
    26 may 2004 12:52:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi's new president Bingu wa Mutharika Wednesday warned opposition coalition leader Gwanda Chakuamba that it is against the country's laws for his supporters to violently dispute his election victory. Full text...

  • French Foreign minister due in Rabat Sunday
    26 may 2004 11:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier is expected next Sunday in Rabat on a two-day official visit to Morocco, a French diplomatic source said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO celebrates Africa Day in Paris
    26 may 2004 11:26:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNESCO observed Africa Day Tuesday in Paris with an exhibit of works of art, contemporary paintings, cloths, fabrics and jewels. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt bans protests at ONUCI headquarters
    26 may 2004 11:17:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Ivorian Security Minister Martin Bleou has banned all demonstrations at the headquarters of the UN Operation in Cote d'Ivoire (ONUCI), an official source warned here. Full text...

  • Angola, China to enhance bilateral co-operation
    26 may 2004 10:54:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Foreign Minister Joao Miranda is in China on a five-day official visit that began Monday, aimed at stepping up bilateral relations in the political and economic fields, sources in Luanda have said. Full text...

  • Africa wants peace, not the crack of guns
    26 may 2004 10:51:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- After four decades of union, African nations still have a lot of business yet to be completed on their peace and security agenda. Full text...

  • Mauritania's premier attends meeting in Morocco
    26 may 2004 10:34:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian Prime Minister Sghair Ould M'Bareck is in Rabat, Morocco, on a working visit. Full text...

  • EU urged to avert Darfur disaster
    26 may 2004 09:32:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The International Crisis Group (ICG) based in Brussels and Washington this week urged the European Union (EU) and other international actors to take concrete actions to stop the humanitarian crisis raging in the Darfur region in western Sudan. Full text...

  • Egypt, Tunisia decline attending G-8 summit
    26 may 2004 08:32:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Though they were extended invitations, Tunisia, Egypt and Qatar will not attend the G-8 summit scheduled 8 June in Georgia, USA, according to Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher. Full text...

  • Rebel leader sues for federal state in Senegal
    25 may 2004 23:14:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Movement of the Democratic Forces of Casamance (MFDC) Secretary General Jean-Marie François Biagui said he was for the creation of a federal state in Senegal, with a large autonomy for the Casamance. Full text...

  • Mauritian opposition wants ties with Israel severed
    25 may 2004 22:21:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Opposition Labour Party leader Navin Ramgoolam urged Parliament in Mauritius Tuesday to push for a break in diplomatic relations with Israel "in view of the massacre of innocent Palestinians, especially women and children in Rafah". Full text...

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