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  • Mauritania: Regional diplomacy geared towards security
    14 february 2002 10:11:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's withdrawal from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was no more than a parenthetical happening that would end with the country's return to the sub regional fold, notes Kane Hamidou Baba, MP of the Rally of Democratic Forces (RFD). Full text...

  • OAU brokers agreement on Madagascar election crisis
    14 february 2002 09:01:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- The incumbent Didier Ratsiraka and his challenger, Marc Ravalomanana, Wednesday consented to the organisation of a second round of voting in Madagascar's presidential election. Full text...

  • Niger politicians pay homage to Ide Oumarou
    14 february 2002 07:44:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Political figures in Niger paid their last respects Wednesday to former OAU secretary general Ide Oumarou, who died Monday night in Niamey following a heart attack. Full text...

  • EU ministerial delegation visits Burundi
    13 february 2002 23:53:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A joint ministerial delegation from Britain, Netherlands and Norway arrived Wednesday in Bujumbura for a series of meetings with senior government officials. Full text...

  • France deplores Togo's electoral code amendment
    13 february 2002 23:43:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- France on Wednesday deplored the amendment of the Togolese electoral code, saying this was an obstacle to the dialogue Paris has been trying to promote. Full text...

  • Tension rises ahead of Comoran presidential poll
    13 february 2002 23:20:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Continuing squabbles between Comoran Prime Minister Hamada Madi Bolero and the opposition over the conduct of the transitional period have raised fears of high political tension during next month's presidential election. Full text...

  • EU allies with SADC to send election observers to Zimbabwe
    13 february 2002 22:27:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Union commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, Poul Nielson, said Wednesday in Brussels that the EU will closely co-operate with the Southern Africa Development Community to send observers to Zimbabwe during the 9-10 March presidential election. Full text...

  • Opposition Party in Hot Soup Over Assassination Report
    13 february 2002 22:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party was Wednesday fighting for political survival weeks before a crunch presidential election. Full text...

  • Algeria, Tunisia Underline Bilateral Cooperation
    13 february 2002 21:46:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali left Algiers Wednesday expressing "great satisfaction with the positive results" of his three-day state visit. Full text...

  • British NGO to monitor Burkina media's election reporting
    13 february 2002 21:09:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The British NGO "Article 19" has initiated a project aimed at monitoring the quality of news items to be used by radio stations and newspapers in Burkina Faso during the April 2002 legislative elections. Full text...

  • Thousands Liberian refugees cross into Sierra Leone
    13 february 2002 20:24:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- More than 5,000 Liberian refugees Sierra Leoneans living in that country have crossed into Sierra Leone, fleeing renewed fighting between government troops and rebels. Full text...

  • Libya appeals for moderation in Madagascar
    13 february 2002 19:52:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libya's African affairs ministry on Wednesday appealed to Malagasy politicians to use "wisdom and dialogue" in the search for a solution to the controversy created by the 16 December 2001 presidential election results. Full text...

  • President Buyoya Vows to Crush Rebellion in Burundi
    13 february 2002 19:35:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's President Pierre Buyoya said Wednesday that he would apply all means to subdue armed rebel groups fighting his government if they persistently refuse to talk peace. Full text...

  • Moroccan minister to attend OIC/EU summit in Istanbul
    13 february 2002 18:51:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's minister in charge of Islamic Affairs, Andelkebir Alaoui M'Daghri, will represent his country at a summit jointly organised by the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the European Union (EU). Full text...

  • Ratsiraka, Ravalomanana meet under OAU mediation
    13 february 2002 18:09:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Madagascar's two presidential candidates, incumbent President Didier Ratsiraka and rival Marc Ravalomanana, met for the first time Wednesday morning through the intervention of OAU Secretary General Amara Essy. Full text...

  • SADC election observers due in Zimbabwe Friday
    13 february 2002 18:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior official of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) said Wednesday the regional group will this week start sending election observers to Zimbabwe to take part in a presidential poll due next month. Full text...

  • European parliamentary mission visits Western Sahara
    13 february 2002 16:12:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- A European parliamentary mission led by Catherine Lalumiere is holding a series of meetings with representatives of the Western Sahara, a territory claimed by both Morocco and the Polisario Front, informed sources in Rabat hinted Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mbeki under fire over his state of nation address
    13 february 2002 15:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki has come under fire from one of his own cabinet ministers as well as South Africa's official opposition party for his state of the nation address in parliament last week. Full text...

  • OAU secretary general sends condolences to Niger President
    13 february 2002 14:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has sent a message of condolence to President Mamadou Tandja of Niger following the death of former OAU Secretary General Ide Oumarou, of Niger nationality. Full text...

  • Museveni says Lusaka accord holds key to peace in DR Congo
    13 february 2002 14:43:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Ugandan Yuweri Museveni said Wednesday that the implementation of the Lusaka peace accord remained the best way forward on the DR Congo conflict. Full text...

  • POLISARIO says UN legal circles fault Morocco over Western Sahara
    13 february 2002 13:57:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- The Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia el Hamra and Rio de Oro (POLISARIO), the organisation fighting for the independence of Western Sahara, has found new fodder in a legal opinion by the UN Legal Counsel to challenge the right of Morocco to control the affairs of the Saharawi people. Full text...

  • Niger prepares State funeral for Ide Oumarou
    13 february 2002 13:46:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger President Mamadou Tandja has ordered a State funeral for Ide Oumarou, former OAU Secretary General, who died in Niamey Tuesday. Full text...

  • British official warns on Tanzania's Air Traffic System
    13 february 2002 13:25:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Secretary for International Development, Clare Short has cautioned that the 28-million Pounds contract to sell a military Air Traffic Control System to Tanzania may not go ahead. Full text...

  • Rwandan President receives South African envoy
    13 february 2002 13:09:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- President Paul Kagame of Rwanda held discussions Tuesday with visiting South African Foreign minister Dlamini Nkosazana Zuma, official sources in Kigali confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe halts US Senator's visit, poll observers pour in
    13 february 2002 12:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Wednesday withdrew a travel visa it earlier issued to a US Senator, saying the timing of his visit ahead of the country's March presidential election is "not suitable. Full text...

  • OAU commends Brussels on Lumumba's case
    13 february 2002 09:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has commended Belgium for acknowledging its responsibility over the 17 January 1961 murder of DR Congo Prime Minister, Patrick Lumumba and Brussels' decision to apologise to the Congolese people. Full text...

  • Canada donates 250,000 dollars to OAU Peace fund
    13 february 2002 09:15:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Canada has announced a donation of 250,000 US dollars to the OAU Peace Fund, for the rapid non-military OAU/African Union response to political crises and conflict situations. Full text...

  • Morocco, China urge support for Africa
    13 february 2002 08:38:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco and China have called on the international community to support Africa's development and strengthen security, stability and peace on the continent. Full text...

  • Tunisia, Algeria to revamp their cooperation
    12 february 2002 23:15:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algeria and Tunisia used President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali's visit to Algiers as an opportunity to bolster bilateral ties and positions at regional, continental and international levels. Full text...

  • Lissouba's party to boycott Congo presidential election
    12 february 2002 22:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Pan-African Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UPADS), party of former President Pascal Lissouba, has announced it will boycott the 10 March presidential election in Congo. Full text...

  • Opposition leader says Eyadema blocking democracy in Togo
    12 february 2002 22:20:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Togolese opposition leader Gilchrist Olympio has said he regards President Gnassingbe Eyadema as the main obstacle to the West African country's democratic process. Full text...

  • Belgian defence minister on a tour of Africa
    12 february 2002 22:02:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Belgian Defence minister Habre Flahault left Brussels Sunday for Cotonou, Benin to begin an African tour that will also take him to Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • South Africa sends 50 election observers to Zimbabwe
    12 february 2002 21:32:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will send 50 election observers to Zimbabwe Wednesday, three weeks ahead of presidential polls in that country. Full text...

  • Madagascar political opponents remain adamant
    12 february 2002 21:06:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy Tuesday concluded a four-day mediation visit to Madagascar without resolving the stand-off between the island's two leading presidential candidates. Full text...

  • Senegalese army clash with Casamance rebels reported
    12 february 2002 19:37:00
    Ziguinchor- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese troops reportedly clashed Monday with armed men suspected to be rebels of the Casamance Movement of Democratic Forces (MFDC) at Gouraf, about 10 km east of Ziguinchor, the southern provincial capital. Full text...

  • British minister for Africa arrives in Johannesburg
    12 february 2002 18:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Baroness Amos, minister for Africa at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK arrived in South Africa Tuesday at the start of a five-day official visit. Full text...

  • RUF delegation visits Nigeria
    12 february 2002 17:59:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- A five-man delegation of Sierra Leone's rebel Revolutionary United Front (RUF) arrived in Nigeria Monday to meet with President Olusegun Obasanjo on the country's peace process and forthcoming elections. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean President says would retire after giving out land
    12 february 2002 17:54:00
    Gutu- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, who faces a tricky presidential election next month, Tuesday refuted charges that he was clinging to power, and said he would retire after giving out land to landless peasants under his government's controversial agrarian reforms. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe, EU head for confrontation over election observer
    12 february 2002 17:48:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe and the European Union (EU) were Tuesday headed for a renewed diplomatic stand-off over the refusal by the southern African country to accredit an official from the group to observe next month's presidential elections. Full text...

  • OAU concerned over political situation in Liberia
    12 february 2002 16:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- OAU Secretary General Amara Essy has expressed concern over the current political situation in Liberia, which is under a state of emergency declared last Friday by President Charles Taylor. Full text...

  • Somali peace agreement hangs in the balance
    12 february 2002 15:00:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- The implementation of a peace agreement signed in Kenya by warring Somali factions is in doubt, as opposition warlords charge that the Transitional National Government (TNG) was failing to keep its side of the deal. Full text...

  • Zambian leader allays job fears of mine workers
    12 february 2002 13:10:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa returned home Tuesday from Paris with a firm promise that his government would ensure all workers at the beleaguered Konkola Copper Mines kept their jobs. Full text...

  • Anniversary of Mandela's release from prison commemorated
    12 february 2002 10:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The 12th anniversary of South African former President Nelson Mandela's release from prison was commemorated Monday with the announcement of a major development at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Umtata. Full text...

  • 2 Comoran politicians charged with violating national security
    12 february 2002 08:25:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Mohamed Zeina, a former Member of Parliament in Comoros, was arraigned before a Moroni Court Monday for alleged violation of national security. Full text...

  • Burundian President Buyoya to visit Brussels
    11 february 2002 23:47:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- Burundi's President Pierre Buyoya is due in Brussels Tuesday for a daylong visit during which he will hold discussions with European Commission official on the political situation in Bujumbura and seek financial support from the European Union. Full text...

  • 12 aspirants to contest Congo's presidential election
    11 february 2002 23:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Twelve aspirants including the incumbent President Denis Sassou Nguesso have submitted papers to contest the 10 March presidential elections in Congo, indicates a provisional list issued by the interior ministry in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • European Union presses Togo to renew CENI 's mandate
    11 february 2002 22:55:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- European Union authorities have urged Togo to extend the mandate of the Independence Election Committee (CENI) and to continue preparations for the forthcoming parliamentary elections. Full text...

  • Election campaign grounds Zimbabwe government
    11 february 2002 22:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Government business in Zimbabwe has ground to a halt as the nation's ruling elite meanders across the breath and length of the country in search of votes in next month's crunch presidential election. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone starts verification of voters
    11 february 2002 22:32:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Registration of voters in Sierra Leone for the forthcoming presidential and parliamentary elections officially closed Monday, National Electoral Commissioner Walter Nicol has announced. Full text...

  • Tunisian President Ben Ali Visits Algeria
    11 february 2002 21:26:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was due in Algeria Monday for a three-day official visit, according to the Tunisian News Agency (TAP). Full text...

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