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  • Mozambique ready to send peacekeepers to Burundi
    15 january 2003 20:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique is willing to participate in the proposed African peacekeeping mission for Burundi, the country's Defence Minister Tobias Dai told the national news agency here Wednesday. Full text...

  • FIDH advocates early parliamentary polls in Cote d'Ivoire
    15 january 2003 20:18:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) on Wednesday called for the holding of early parliamentary elections in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • African peacekeepers to be deployed in Burundi soon
    15 january 2003 19:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- South African Vice President Jacob Zuma arrived in Bujumbura Wednesday on a two-day visit to Burundi. Full text...

  • UN envoy submits proposals on Sahrawi Republic to Rabat
    15 january 2003 19:42:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The UN special envoy to Western Sahara, James Baker, has submitted to King Mohammed VI of Morocco proposals for a political solution to the 27-year-old conflict in the former Spanish colony, the Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Independence of Swazi judiciary under scrutiny
    15 january 2003 18:39:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Judges from two international legal institutions arrived here Wednesday to probe freedom of the judiciary in Swaziland, as well as to scrutinise its draft constitution, due to be made public soon. Full text...

  • Kenya's main opposition to examine new underdog role
    15 january 2003 18:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- After losing its 40-year-old reign to the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC) in the 27 December elections, Kenya's former ruling KANU party Wednesday announced measures aimed at strengthening its role as the country's main opposition. Full text...

  • Kadhafi receives Malian envoy
    15 january 2003 17:50:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has received a special message from Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure, on the consolidation of relations between their two countries within the framework of the African Union (AU), Libyan sources said. Full text...

  • Sudan peace talks fail to resume
    15 january 2003 17:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Sudanese peace talks failed to resume as scheduled in Nairobi Wednesday after the Khartoum government reportedly said it did not receive a formal invitation to the talks. Full text...

  • UN optimistic about Ivorian peace talks in Paris
    15 january 2003 17:02:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The United Nations said the presence of all Ivorian stakeholders for the Paris roundtable peace talks signalled hope for a definite end to the crisis in Cote d'Ivoire. Full text...

  • Somali Army Commander replaced
    15 january 2003 16:41:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- President Abdikassim Salad Hassan of the Somali Transitional Government has appointed Colonel Abdi Guled as the country's new Army Commander, to replace Brigadier General Ismail Kassim Naji, an official said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau opposition decries president's role in campaign
    15 january 2003 15:03:00
    Bissau- Guinea (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau opposition parties have condemned President Kumba Yala's decision to participate in the campaign for the early parliamentary elections scheduled for 20 April. Full text...

  • Zuma travels to Burundi for peace talks
    15 january 2003 12:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma is due in Bujumbura on Wednesday to discuss progress in the Burundi peace process with key-role players in the country. Full text...

  • Election body in Nigeria uncovers 2 million fake voters
    15 january 2003 12:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has uncovered double and multiple registrations by 2 million voters during the nation-wide voter registration in September 2002, an official of the electoral body said. Full text...

  • Somali faction leader storms out of peace talks
    15 january 2003 12:09:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Somali warlord Musa Yalahow has walked out of the ongoing peace talks in Eldoret, Kenya saying the initiative had little chance of restoring peace in the war- torn country. Full text...

  • Allies reject Gbagbo's call for common front in Paris talks
    15 january 2003 12:00:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Parties represented in the Ivorian government and Parliament have rejected a suggestion by President Laurent Gbagbo that they adopt a common stance at peace talks opening Wednesday in Paris. Full text...

  • Obasanjo fraternises with main challenger at presidential polls
    15 january 2003 11:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday exchanged pleasantries with his main opponent in the forthcoming presidential election, offering the latter a piece of the cake he (Obasanjo) cut to mark the country's Army Remembrance Day. Full text...

  • African Union takes pulse of Burundi conflict
    15 january 2003 10:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution organ of the African Union (AU) has called for a speedy implementation of decisions reached at a regional summit on the Burundi peace process held last 2 December in Arusha, Tanzania. Full text...

  • Annan deplores hunger in southern Africa
    14 january 2003 23:51:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday lamented that 30 million people faced starvation in Southern Africa and the Horn of Africa this year. Full text...

  • Ivorian rebels may speak with one voice at Paris talks
    14 january 2003 23:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Three rebel groups fighting the regime of President Laurent Gbagbo in Côte d'Ivoire Tuesday expressed the possibility of speaking with one voice during the 15-23 January all-inclusive peace talks in Paris on the crisis in their country. Full text...

  • Niger's 250 peacekeepers to be deployed by 21 January
    14 january 2003 22:30:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's contingent of 250 troops to the West African Peace-Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) is expected to be deployed in Cote d'Ivoire between now and 21 January, official sources said in Niamey Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian premier says problems existed before current crisis
    14 january 2003 22:11:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Problems in Cote d'Ivoire did not begin when President Laurent Gbagbo assumed power in the year 2000, the country's Prime Minister Pascal Afi N'Gessan told journalists in Paris Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian premier calls for regional solution to mercenaries
    14 january 2003 21:34:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Ivorian Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan on Tuesday in Paris urged member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to find a sub-regional solution to the rising phenomenon of mercenaries. Full text...

  • Ivorian political parties brace for peace talks in Paris
    14 january 2003 21:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Five representatives from each of the main Ivorian political parties and one delegate each from the smaller ones will attend the roundtable peace conference beginning Wednesday in the Paris suburb of Marcoussis, a reliable source said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Soldiers arrest 10 women in mopping operations in Casamance
    14 january 2003 20:45:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese government troops arrested ten women during search operations carried last week in the Nyassia area (south) near the Bissau Guinean border, suspecting them as members of the separatist movement in Casamance, residents of Nyassia claimed. Full text...

  • UN envoy for Western Saharan arrives in Morocco
    14 january 2003 20:33:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- UN special envoy for Western Sahara James Baker arrived in Rabat Tuesday morning and is expected to propose a political solution to the 27-year long conflict in the former Spanish colony. Full text...

  • French lawyer Pierre Mazeaud to chair Ivorian meeting
    14 january 2003 20:04:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An experienced French lawyer, Pierre Mazeaud, who will chair the conference of Ivorian political forces opening in Paris Wednesday, is an old hand in African affairs, having undertaken mediation efforts in several countries. Full text...

  • Ivorian RDR optimistic on Paris peace talks
    14 january 2003 19:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- An official of Ivorian opposition Rally of Republicans (RDR), Tuesday expressed the hope that the Paris talks opening Wednesday would bring peace to Cote d'Ivoire, which has been in turmoil since the military uprising of 19 September 2002. Full text...

  • Africa's labour union urges Ivorians to put country first
    14 january 2003 19:03:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Accra-based Organisation of African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) on Tuesday urged the Ivorian government and rebels to put the interest of the country and citizens before their personal interests at the Paris peace talks beginning on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Arab Ministers support Sudan, Somali peace processes
    14 january 2003 18:40:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Arab League Ministerial Committees on the peace processes in Sudan and Somalia as well as the proposals by Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi on the League's future, Tuesday ended two days of discussions in Khartoum, with the adoption of several recommendations. Full text...

  • Rag-tag gang becomes first headache for Kibaki
    14 january 2003 18:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A group of tobacco-sniffing men carrying clubs, machetes and chanting Thaai, Thaai (Kikuyu for peace), is proving a nightmare to Kenya's new Narc government, installed barely two weeks ago after the 27 December 2002 elections. Full text...

  • Malawi opposition leader released on bail
    14 january 2003 17:51:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Kamlepo Kalua, leader of opposition Malawi Democratic Party (MDP), was released on bail Tuesday after being arrested Monday night for allegedly defaming government. Full text...

  • ECOWAS Early Warning System ready mid-2003
    14 january 2003 17:20:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The installation of a defence satellite communications network for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), being handled and financed by the US, will be ready by the middle of the year, officials of the sub-regional group told PANA in Abuja Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mugabe vows to resolve land crisis before retirement
    14 january 2003 17:12:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe vowed Tuesday not to retire from politics until he had resolved the critical land issue in his country. Full text...

  • Ghanaian reconciliation body not for trial, says Minister
    14 january 2003 16:40:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Attorney General and Justice Minister Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo explained Tuesday that the country's National Reconciliation Commission (NRC), was not a court of law for the trial of offenders. Full text...

  • Sierra Leonean rebel Sam Bockarie fights in Cote d'Ivoire
    14 january 2003 16:15:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Sam Bockarie, the notorious commander of the defunct Revolutionary United Front (RUF) of Sierra Leone, has surfaced in the Ivorian town of Guiglo, Ivorian Consul Prosper Kotchi revealed in Monrovia Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt, rebel cease-fire agreement effective Tuesday
    14 january 2003 15:57:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- A cease-fire agreement signed on Monday between the government and two rebel movements in western Cote d'Ivoire, the Ivorian Patriotic Movement of the Grand West (MPIGO) and the Movement for Justice and Peace (MJP), comes into force Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan envoy indicts power vacuum in Somalia
    14 january 2003 15:35:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's envoy to Somalia, Elijah Mwangale has emphasised that the power vacuum in Mogadishu poses a threat to the entire region, hence the need for concerted effort among frontline states to move the Somali peace process forward. Full text...

  • Nigerian President to attend Mbasogo's inauguration
    14 january 2003 14:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has indicated that he plans to attend the 19 January inauguration of Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, who was recently re-elected. Full text...

  • Gunmen invade Nigerian opposition party office, injure 4
    14 january 2003 13:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A 20-man gang of gunmen invaded the Oyo State office of the opposition All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Ibadan, 120 km north of Lagos on Monday, injuring four people and kidnapping two others. Full text...

  • Chinese deputy premier to visit Reunion Friday
    14 january 2003 12:52:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Chinese deputy prime minister, Li Lanqing, arrives in Reunion Friday for a two-day visit as part of an African tour that will also take him to South Africa, a Chinese official said in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Togo celebrates Eyadema's 36 years in power
    14 january 2003 10:45:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- An impressive parade on Lome's ocean side Mono Boulevard was the highlight of Monday's festivities organised to celebrate the 36th anniversary of Togolese President Gnassingbe Eyadema's coming to power in the West African country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe govt, opposition deny Mugabe's ouster plans
    14 january 2003 09:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The Zimbabwe government and its opposition Tuesday denied British press reports that they were holding talks to send President Robert Mugabe into exile in Malaysia and form a coalition government to resolve the country's deep-seated economic crisis. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's support for AU will continue
    14 january 2003 08:59:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia is committed to the ideals and principles of the African Union (AU) just as it was with the former Organisation of African Unity (OAU), said the country's Information Ministry Tuesday. Full text...

  • US aid to developing countries in 2002 was $56 billion
    14 january 2003 07:52:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- US Agency for International Development (USAID) administrator Andrew Natsios said Monday the country's recent financial assistance to developing nations amounted to more than 56. Full text...

  • Govt bans opposition meeting in Lome
    13 january 2003 23:36:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- The minister of the Interior and Security, Akila Esso Boco, banned a Togolese opposition meeting scheduled for Monday in Lome, the Coalition of Democratic Forces (CFD), the alliance of opposition parties, said here. Full text...

  • Belgium, DR Congo discuss new military cooperation
    13 january 2003 23:26:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian defence minister André Flahaut flew to Kinshasa on Monday to discuss with President Joseph Kabila the restoration of military cooperation between Belgium and DR Congo. Full text...

  • Ivorian govt signs cease-fire accord with rebel groups
    13 january 2003 22:36:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Ivorian authorities on Monday afternoon signed a cease-fire agreement with the rebel Ivorian Popular Movement of the Greater West (MPIGO) and the Movement for Justice and Peace (MJP) in Lome, Togo. Full text...

  • Iraqi goodwill envoy confers with Tunisian president
    13 january 2003 22:16:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Monday received the vice-president of the Iraqi cabinet, Tarek Aziz, who visited Tunis as Saddam Hussein's special envoy to acknowledge the solidarity of Tunis with Baghdad in the US- Iraqi arms crisis. Full text...

  • Members of Arusha follow-up organ to meet in Bujumbura
    13 january 2003 21:26:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Members of a committee following-up Burundi's peace and reconciliation agreement signed in Arusha, Tanzania in August 2000 began Monday in Bujumbura a weeklong session to examine its implementation. Full text...

  • Intellectual urges current Ivorian leaders to retire
    13 january 2003 20:59:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- An Ivorian intellectual Coulibaly Nable Yaya on Monday urged the main leaders in his country to withdraw from the political scene to facilitate the return of peace in that state, where a politico-military crisis erupted on 19 September 2002. Full text...

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