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  • Taylor stops over in Dakar from Morocco
    28 february 2002 10:37:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Liberian leader Charles Taylor was expected in Dakar Thursday on a short visit, a Senegalese Presidency source said. Full text...

  • Ruling party official says Mugabe will accept election defeat
    28 february 2002 09:40:00
    Harare Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior official of Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party said Thursday President Robert Mugabe will accept and respect the results of the country's 9-10 March presidential election even if he loses. Full text...

  • Dos Santos says US is Angola's key development partner
    28 february 2002 08:53:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- President Jose Eduardo dos Santos says the US is Angola's key partner in development and consolidation of democracy, the Angolan news agency (ANGOP) has reported. Full text...

  • Candidate Milongo says he has cure for Congo's ills
    28 february 2002 08:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Andre Milongo, one of the opposition candidates for Congo Brazzaville's 10 March presidential elections, has promised to "cure Congo of bad governance and wars. Full text...

  • RSF worried about press freedom in Madagascar
    28 february 2002 07:59:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- France-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has expressed concern over President Didier Ratsiraka's declaration of a state of emergency and its consequences on press freedom in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese dialogue stutters
    28 february 2002 07:24:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- More consultations were expected Thursday about the Inter-Congolese Dialogue, suspended Tuesday over representation dispute. Full text...

  • Mano River Union leaders call for support to maintain peace
    27 february 2002 23:28:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Leaders of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone have called on the United Nations to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in the three countries. Full text...

  • Pro-Congolese govt alliance warns Sun City negotiators
    27 february 2002 23:26:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo(PANA) -- A pro-Congolese government allied group has cautioned delegates at the inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City, South Africa to desist from using the forum as an opportunity "to win power-sharing or destabilise the institution of the Presidency of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • Congolese, Angolan provincial governors consult on security
    27 february 2002 22:58:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Governors of adjacent provinces of Angola, Congo Republic and DR Congo said Wednesday that persistent insecurity on their common borders was due to lack of regular consultation among officials. Full text...

  • UE welcomes Mano River Union summit in Rabat
    27 february 2002 22:29:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Union authorities Wednesday welcomed the successful conclusion of a summit in Rabat attended by the presidents of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia at the initiative of King Mohammed VI of Morocco. Full text...

  • Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone sign a peace agreement
    27 february 2002 22:13:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Presidents Charles Taylor of Liberia, Lansana Conte of Guinea and Ahmad Tejan Kabbah of Sierra Leone signed Wednesday afternoon in Rabat a reconciliation agreement aimed at restoring peace and confidence in the Mano River basin. Full text...

  • President Bouteflika visits Sahrawi refugee camps
    27 february 2002 22:01:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday visited Sahrawi refugee camps in Tindouf, south-west of Algiers, where he met with leaders of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic marking the 26th anniversary of the republic. Full text...

  • Inter-Congolese dialogue still faces hitches
    27 february 2002 21:55:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- The Inter-Congolese dialogue being held at the Sun City leisure resort, was still bogged down by squabbles over representation late Wednesday. Full text...

  • OAU urges Marc Ravalomanana to resume talks
    27 february 2002 21:34:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The OAU organ for the resolution of conflicts has urged Marc Ravalomanana, who self- proclaimed himself president of Madagascar last Friday, to resume talks aimed at resolving the dispute generated by the 16 December election results. Full text...

  • Namibian monitor criticises EU sanctions on Zimbabwe
    27 february 2002 21:32:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The head of a Namibian election observer team to Zimbabwe Wednesday criticised targeted sanctions imposed by the European Union on President Robert Mugabe for allegedly cracking down on the opposition ahead of a presidential election early next month. Full text...

  • Mugabe accuses opposition of planning to disrupt poll
    27 february 2002 20:43:00
    Rushinga- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Wednesday accused the opposition of trying to plunge the country into chaos through violence ahead of a presidential election due in ten days. Full text...

  • Clare Short in Freetown for 3-day official visit
    27 february 2002 20:27:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- British Secretary of State in the Department of International Development, Clare Short arrived in Freetown Wednesday for a three-day official working visit, information minister Cecil Blake confirmed. Full text...

  • Morocco likely to reconcile Mano River Union members
    27 february 2002 20:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Three presidents of countries in Mano River Union, who have been meeting in Rabat since Tuesday, were Wednesday afternoon putting finishing touches on a draft reconciliation accord. Full text...

  • Meles wants Harare to extradite Mengistu
    27 february 2002 19:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi Wednesday urged the government that would emerge from Zimbabwe's 9-10 presidential elections to extradite Ethiopia's former military ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam. Full text...

  • Angolan army kills 18 rebels, frees 960 civilians
    27 february 2002 19:18:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- At least 18 UNITA rebels were killed and 960 civilians freed during a joint mopping up operation by the Angolan army and militia in Bocio (some 105km from Benguela), the official Angolan news agency (ANGOP) reported. Full text...

  • Rumours say ministers flee Zimbabwe ahead of polls
    27 february 2002 18:56:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Three Zimbabwean cabinet ministers have fled to Botswana in anticipation of post election trouble, according to unconfirmed reports Wednesday in Gaborone. Full text...

  • Youth Seek Peace in War torn Sudan
    27 february 2002 18:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A conference facilitated by New Sudan Youth Association, NSYA, opened in Nairobi, Wednesday, with participants urging the international community to support the initiative of peace and unity in their country. Full text...

  • Rival supporters clash in Madagascar presidential election crisis
    27 february 2002 18:05:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- A bloody clash between rival supporters left two dead and several others injured Wednesday, in the most violent incident yet in Madagascar's election stand-off between the incumbent Didier Ratsiraka and self-proclaimed winner Marc Ravalomanana. Full text...

  • Memories of killed opponent haunts Azali's campaign
    27 february 2002 17:51:00
    Moroni- Comoros, (PANA) -- Youths in Comoros' southern city of Foumboni have jeered and booed at presidential hopeful, Col. Full text...

  • Kinshasa inhabitants opposed to flop of Sun City talks
    27 february 2002 17:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- As bickering over representation continues to prevent effective take-off for the inter-Congolese talks in Sun City, South Africa, residents back home in Kinshasa have warned delegates "never to set foot in DR Congo should they fail to reach a solution this time around. Full text...

  • Civilians detest rising security harassment in Liberia
    27 february 2002 17:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Civilians say government security forces have increased harassment against them since President Charles Taylor declared a state of emergency in Liberia on 8 February after dissidents attacked localities near Monrovia. Full text...

  • Civilians detest rising security harassment in Liberia
    27 february 2002 16:24:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Civilians say government security forces have increased harassment against them since President Charles Taylor declared a state of emergency in Liberia on 8 February after dissidents attacked localities near Monrovia. Full text...

  • South Africa dispels fears about DR Congo talks collapsing
    27 february 2002 16:12:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has dismissed fears that the ongoing Inter-Congolese talks at Sun City were in danger of collapsing. Full text...

  • South African delegation heads for Commonwealth summit
    27 february 2002 15:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Forerunning President Thabo Mbeki, Foreign Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma left South Africa Wednesday ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), slated to start 2 March in Australia. Full text...

  • Zambia's Mwanawasa heads for Commonwealth meet in Australia
    27 february 2002 15:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa left Wednesday for Australia, where he is to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government summit. Full text...

  • South Africa calls for efforts to ensure Middle East peace
    27 february 2002 14:54:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has called on the international community to re-mobilise and launch an unprecedented campaign to bring about peace in the Middle East. Full text...

  • Botswana govt hopes Savimbi's death will lead to peace
    27 february 2002 14:45:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government is optimistic that the death of rebel leader Jonas Savimbi would bring peace to Angola and the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region as a whole. Full text...

  • Congolese leader calls for revival of Lusaka Accords on Angola
    27 february 2002 13:58:00
    Djambala- Congo (PANA) -- President Denis Sassou Nguesso of Congo Wednesday called for the revival the of Lusaka Peace Accords on Angola, following the death of Jonas Savimbi, leader of the rebel National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA). Full text...

  • Zambia's Meridien Bank scandal in a new twist
    27 february 2002 13:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The ever widening ripple of scandal over the closure of Meridien BIAO Bank has taken a new twist with Zambian president, Levy Mwanawasa, revealing that police had deliberately swept under the carpet details of the crime. Full text...

  • Rights group says 894 people killed in Burundi in 2001
    27 february 2002 13:32:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 894 people were killed in 2001 in Burundi, 621 of whom were victims of rebel attacks, while 273 were killed by government's military and paramilitary forces, a human rights group said. Full text...

  • Witnesses accuse political class in coup trial
    27 february 2002 13:27:00
    Bangui- CAR (PANA) -- The trial of the presumed authors of the 28 May 2001 failed coup took a political turn on Tuesday with important witnesses such as operatives of the intelligence service taking to the witness box. Full text...

  • Ugandan lawyers to sue house over political parties bill
    27 february 2002 13:25:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Uganda Law Society (ULS) Wednesday threatened to file lawsuit against the enactment of a controversial Political Organisation Bill (POB), if parliament passed it in its present form which would limit the operation of political parties in the country. Full text...

  • South African authorities, Namibian delegation hold talks
    27 february 2002 13:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and Public Service and Administration minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi began holding discussions Wednesday in Cape Town with a Namibian delegation led by Prime Minister Hage Geingob. Full text...

  • Mali to host seminar on the "border country" concept
    27 february 2002 13:04:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A sub-regional seminar on the "border country" concept will open in Sikasso (380 km South of Bamako) on Monday, regional officials have said. Full text...

  • Tunisia, Portugal call for Middle East peace talks
    27 february 2002 12:57:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his Portuguese counterpart, Jorge Sampaio, Tuesday night called for "the intervention of all active parties in the Middle East conflict in order to meet the conditions required to restore confidence and promote a return to the negotiating table. Full text...

  • Sudan seeks better relations with US
    27 february 2002 12:33:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan wants to improve relations with Washington, strained over recent bombing of civilians in the South of the country by Sudanese Airforce planes, Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman said in a statement published by the local media Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean Schools to close for March poll
    27 february 2002 11:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwean schools are to be closed for eight days because of the country's 9-10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • South African poll monitors welcome extra security measures
    27 february 2002 10:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Observer Mission (SAOM) in Zimbabwe Tuesday welcomed an undertaking by the Harare government to provide more security for the observers. Full text...

  • Analysts predict peace in Angola following Savimbi's death
    27 february 2002 09:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Political analysts in Zimbabwe say the death of UNITA rebel leader Jonas Savimbi raises hope for lasting peace in Angola. Full text...

  • Bush meets three African leaders
    27 february 2002 08:37:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- US President George W. Full text...

  • French Transport Minister on two-nation African tour
    27 february 2002 08:09:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French Equipment, Transport and Housing Minister, Jean-Claude Gayssot left Paris Tuesday on a visit to South Africa and Kenya. Full text...

  • 20 dissidents rejoin Burundi's main party
    27 february 2002 07:52:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 20 dissidents of the Front for Democracy in Burundi (FRODEBU), have rejoined the majority political party in the country, party sources said. Full text...

  • Kabila leaves Inter-Congolese Dialogue
    27 february 2002 07:30:00
    Sun City - South Africa (PANA) -- DR Congo President Joseph Kabila left the Inter-Congolese dialogue late Tuesday after a private meeting with two rebel leaders, casting further doubts on the peace talks. Full text...

  • Anerood Jugnauth leaves for Australia
    26 february 2002 23:44:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, left Port-Luis Tuesday evening for Australia to attend the Commonwealth Heads of State and Government summit in Brisbane. Full text...

  • Mano River Union summit to be held Wednesday in Rabat
    26 february 2002 23:37:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Foreign Affairs ministers of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia on Tuesday met in Rabat to prepare for the Mano River Union summit scheduled to take place in the same city on Wednesday. Full text...

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