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  • Sudanese artists in solidarity with Palestinians
    04 april 2002 16:54:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Scores of Sudanese artists marched Thursday to the Palestinian Embassy in Khartoum where they handed Ambassador Ali Aburaja'i a statement expressing their solidarity with the people of Palestine in the face of "excessive use of force" against them by Israel. Full text...

  • Former Angolan rebel Unita troops start encampment
    04 april 2002 16:40:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Unita's northern military commander, Gen. Full text...

  • Swazi senator stuns colleagues on death of Savimbi
    04 april 2002 16:29:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- An outspoken Swazi senator Thursday stunned his colleagues in parliament when he welcomed the death of UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi, saying it has facilitated the peace process in Angola. Full text...

  • France condemns destruction of bridges in Madagascar
    04 april 2002 16:13:00
    Saint Denis- the Reunion (PANA) -- France has condemned the destruction of bridges linking Malagasy provinces to Antananarivo by supporters of incumbent president Didier Ratsiraka, and called for the removal of roadblocks throughout Madagascar. Full text...

  • CEN-SAD expresses support for Palestinians
    04 april 2002 16:11:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) has denounced the war of extermination being waged by the Israeli army of occupation in Palestine and the ongoing siege against the Palestinian authority leader Yasser Arafat in Ramallah on the West Bank. Full text...

  • Western military observers move to Southern Sudan
    04 april 2002 15:41:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A team of 15 Western military obsevers left Khartoum Thursday for Kadugli, to monitor the peace process in Sudan's Nuba Mountains region, Deputy Foreign Minister Mutrif Siddik said. Full text...

  • Gambari says war no longer an option in Angola
    04 april 2002 14:49:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- UN Under Secretary General for African Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari, said Thursday in Luanda that war was no longer an option for Angolans. Full text...

  • Portugal hails Angolan peace accord
    04 april 2002 14:35:00
    Luxembourg- Luxembourg (PANA) -- Portuguese Foreign Minister Jaime Gama has called Thursday's cease-fire accord in Luanda between the Angolan government and UNITA Movement as "a decisive step forward to consolidate peace," Angolan News Agency (ANGOP) reported. Full text...

  • Tempers flare over nationality for minorities in DR Congo
    04 april 2002 14:24:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- Tempers flared among delegates from all sides attending the DR Congo peace talks in Sun City in South Africa when they discussed citizenship for the Banyamulenges and national reconciliation. Full text...

  • Angola President, UNITA Coordinator Meet
    04 april 2002 14:19:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos Thursday granted audience to the coordinator of UNITA managing commission, Paulo Lukamba Gato. Full text...

  • Malagasy crisis takes toll
    04 april 2002 14:18:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Fuel shortage and the road blocks erected in Antananarivo by pro-Didier Ratsiraka's supporters, have complicated the political crisis in Madagascar. Full text...

  • Senegal celebrates 42nd independence anniversary
    04 april 2002 13:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's 42nd independence anniversary celebration was marked by military and civilian parades Thursday, witnessed by Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. Full text...

  • Mauritians want peace-keeping force in the Middle East
    04 april 2002 13:32:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A group of Mauritians, including former President Cassam Uteem, has urged Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, to press for an international peace-keeping force to be sent to the Middle East to separate warring Israelis and Palestinians. Full text...

  • Angolan government, UNITA sign peace agreement
    04 april 2002 13:09:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) and the UNITA movement Thursday in Luanda, signed a cease-fire agreement, witnessed by many foreign dignitaries including UN Secretary General's envoy for African Affairs, Ibrahim Gambari. Full text...

  • Dos Santos sues for peace, reconciliation in Angola
    04 april 2002 11:59:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has renewed his commitment to peace and urged the citizens "to forgive and forget". Full text...

  • International Community to witness signing of Angolan peace deal
    04 april 2002 11:24:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Representatives of the UN, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), as well as Gabon and Nigeria, were expected to witness the signing in Luanda Thursday, of the historic peace agreement between the Angolan government and the rebel UNITA movement. Full text...

  • Britain appoints new Ambassador to Sudan
    04 april 2002 11:19:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Britain has appointed 49-yeaar old William Charters Patey as its new Ambassador to Sudan in succession to Richard Makepeace who has been transferred to another diplomatic service. Full text...

  • Police ban planned demonstration in Zimbabwe
    04 april 2002 11:06:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Police in Zimbabwe Thursday banned nation-wide demonstrations planned for the weekend by a civil rights group in support of a constitutional change, although the organisers have vowed to press ahead with the protests. Full text...

  • Pretoria represented at Angolan cease-fire ceremony
    04 april 2002 10:36:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African National Defence Force (SADF) Chief Gen. Full text...

  • Senegalese military renews commitment to African integration
    04 april 2002 10:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Senegalese military is committed to African integration, a senior military officer has said in Dakar. Full text...

  • Ben Ali receives OAU chief
    04 april 2002 09:56:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ali discussed continental issues during a meeting in Tunis Wednesday with OAU's Secretary General Amara Essy. Full text...

  • Canadian Prime Minister on African tour
    04 april 2002 09:19:00
    Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, who started an 11-day African tour Wednesday ahead of the G8 Summit to be hosted by his country, would hold discussions with the leaders of Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Senegal. Full text...

  • Swazi opposition leader's trial delayed
    04 april 2002 08:55:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Lawyers for Mario Masuku, the leader of Swaziland's illegal opposition political party, the People's United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO), say they are not ready for the resumption of the trial on April 17. Full text...

  • Changing US failed policy on the Middle East conflict
    04 april 2002 06:27:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- When he assumed office in January 2001, after the hullabaloo that trailed his controversial election, US 43rd President George Walter Bush made it clear he would not repeat the "mistake of over-involvement" of his predecessor Bill Clinton, regarding the Middle East conflict. Full text...

  • DR Congo, Angola joint commission holds this month
    03 april 2002 23:54:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The 8th session of the DR Congo- Angola joint commission will hold 22-24 April in Luanda, according to the Congolese ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Full text...

  • Clashes claim eight lives in northeast Burundi
    03 april 2002 23:50:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least eight civilians were killed early Wednesday in Burundi's north-eastern province of Cankuzo in clashes between the army and rebels, administrative sources disclosed in the region. Full text...

  • Mali Constitutional Court to rule on candidacy of Gen. Toure
    03 april 2002 23:45:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Constitutional Court will on 5 April latest pronounce on eligibility of Gen. Full text...

  • RUFP has no candidate for Sierra Leone's presidential poll
    03 april 2002 23:09:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone's Revolutionary United Front Party (RUFP), has not named a candidate for the country's May presidential poll after its detained leader Fonday Sankoh, was ruled ineligible by the Electoral Commission. Full text...

  • Benin, Chadian leaders appeal for peace in DR Congo
    03 april 2002 22:56:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Presidents Idriss Deby of Chad and Mathieu Kérékou of Benin Tuesday called on the protagonists in the Congolese conflict to make what sacrifices be needed to reach a political settlement. Full text...

  • Parties urged to comply with DR Congo cease-fire agreement
    03 april 2002 22:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A one-day summit on the peace process in DR Congo ended in Lusaka Wednesday night with a call for all parties to fully comply with the Lusaka cease-fire agreement as well as the Kampala plans and Harare sub-plans for the disengagement and redeployment of troops. Full text...

  • Egypt attempts to calm down angry mobs over Palestine
    03 april 2002 22:10:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Egypt decided Wednesday at the end of weekly cabinet meeting to stop all communication with the Israeli government with the exception of diplomatic channels which served the interests of the Palestinian cause. Full text...

  • 'Ninjas' militia accused of violating Congo's peace accords
    03 april 2002 21:54:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese Armed Forces (FAC) Wednesday accused the Ninjas militia and its leader Pastor Frederick Bitsangou (alias Ntumi) of violating peace accords signed in 1999 by attacking FAC positions in several area of the Pool region in southern Congo. Full text...

  • Libyans demonstrate against Middle East situation
    03 april 2002 21:46:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyans Tuesday demonstrated for the fourth day running in Murzuk and Beni Walid, against the Israeli siege on the headquarters of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Full text...

  • SADC, US sign agreement to support market integration
    03 april 2002 21:34:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the US Wednesday signed a 350,000 US dollar agreement in support of the regional body's market integration strategy intended to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of domestic producers. Full text...

  • Benin leader expected in Abuja for NEPAD meeting
    03 april 2002 21:26:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Beninese President Mathieu Kerekou will Friday take part in a meeting on the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, a senior official said Wednesday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Symposium on election monitoring holds in Yaounde
    03 april 2002 21:25:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A symposium on election observation, organised by the local chapter of the Paris-based rights group New Human Rights (NDH), opens on Thursday in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Accidental gunshot alarms Burundi Parliament
    03 april 2002 21:03:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- An accidental gunshot that spread panic in Parliament in Bujumbura, Wednesday, was blamed on an agent belonging to the 700-strong South African contingent providing security to Burundi dignitaries returning from exile. Full text...

  • Malawi opposition leader arrested over flimsy charges
    03 april 2002 20:27:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- In a continuing harassment campaign against the opposition, the Malawi government ordered the arrest of Nicholas Dausi, a publicity secretary for the main Malawi Congress Party (MCP), and charged him with conspiracy to defeat the course of justice. Full text...

  • Ghana handling refugee problem after ethnic violence
    03 april 2002 19:47:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghanaian government Wednesday said it was working hard to address the refugee situation in Tamale, capital of Northern Region, after last week's ethnic violence at Yendi. Full text...

  • Swazi MPs in war of words with cabinet ministers over budget
    03 april 2002 19:42:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Things are not going well in the lower house of the Swaziland parliament as legislators and cabinet ministers continue fighting each other over the conduct of each party. Full text...

  • Rights activist visits Cameroon
    03 april 2002 19:07:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The president of France-based rights group New Human Rights (NDH), Pierre Bercis, was due in Yaounde Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN urges quick withdrawal of foreign troops from DR Congo
    03 april 2002 18:38:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN Wednesday called on African leaders attending the DR Congo Summit in Lusaka to facilitate the withdrawal of foreign troops from that country. Full text...

  • Mwanawasa urges DR Congo parties to support peace process
    03 april 2002 17:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- African leaders began a Summit on DR Congo in Lusaka Wednesday, with Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa calling on all the parties to the conflict to support the peace process in practical terms. Full text...

  • US Congressional delegation visits Mali
    03 april 2002 16:54:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A five-member US Congressional delegation is in Mali to hold discussions with government officials, representatives of political parties and the civil society ahead of presidential elections in the country this month. Full text...

  • Taylor sympathises with Britain, Ireland on Queen mother's death
    03 april 2002 16:19:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Liberian President Charles Taylor has sent a message of condolence to Queen Elizabeth II, the Royal family and the governments and peoples of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on the death of the Queen mother, Elizabeth I. Full text...

  • Mauritius concerned over violence against Palestinians
    03 april 2002 16:07:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Foreign Minister Anil Gayan has expressed his country's serious concern over the "unprecedented" violence by Israel against the Palestinians. Full text...

  • Angolan Foreign Minister at DR Congo summit in Lusaka
    03 april 2002 15:56:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angolan Foreign Minister Joao Bernardo de Miranda is representing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos at the summit of signatories to the Lusaka Cease-fire Accord for the Democratic Republic of Congo. Full text...

  • US Congressional delegation visits Ethiopia
    03 april 2002 15:50:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation from the US House of Representatives, led by Jim Kolbe of Arizona, Chairman of the House Foreign Operations Sub-Committee, is in Ethiopia to evaluate US government-funded projects on food security and HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Cape Verde army chief of staff in Luanda
    03 april 2002 15:45:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Cape Verde army chief of staff, Antero Matos, is in Luanda to attend the signing of a cease-fire between Government and UNITA military commanders on Thursday. Full text...

  • President Mbeki tries to salvage DR Congo Talks
    03 april 2002 15:45:00
    Sun City- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki mustered all his moral weight to convince heads of delegations attending the Inter-Congolese dialogue in Sun City to find a solution to the Congolese crisis within the remaining 11 days before the dialogue ends. Full text...

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