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    Press Releases (Year 2004):
    October

    • 31 October 2004
      The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare, unreservedly condemns the violence which has been occurring in Monrovia, Liberia, since Thursday, 28th October 2004. He notes with concern that the wanton acts of violence have involved attacks on innocent civilians, as well as the burning of houses of worship and of homes and businesses; and that this has, in turn, led to deaths and destruction of property. He is particularly disturbed at the fact that this development has come just before the scheduled end of the disarmament process.More
    • 31 October 2004
      The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Mr Alpha Oumar Konare deplores the recent fighting which has erupted in the area of Sool and Sanaag between Puntland and Somaliland and which resulted in considerable loss of lives and destruction of property. More
    • 29 October 2004
      The Republic of Uganda today became the 5th Member State of the African Union to deposit the instrument of ratification of the Convention on Combating Corruption.More
    • 28 October 2004
      As part of its efforts aimed at strengthening the African Union Mission in the Sudan (AMIS) and as a follow up to the decision of the 17th meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the AU held on 20 October 2004, the AU has deployed in the Darfur region of the Sudan, today, a group of 50 military personnel from Nigeria. This deployment of Nigerian troops will be followed by the deployment on 30 October of 237 troops from Rwanda.More
    • 28 October 2004
      The newly appointed Permanent Representative of the Republic of Algeria to the African Union, Mr. Aouam Nor-Eddine, today presented his credentials to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Prof. Alpha Oumar Konare.More
    • 28 October 2004
      A Lagos based Nigerian private company BENOKIN FOODS and BEVERAGES Ltd has decided to donate 100 cartons of food packs to the African Mission in the Sudan (AMIS). More
    • 22 October 2004
      The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare, firmly and unequivocally condemns the Israeli incursion and air strikes in Jabalya, Bet-Lahia and Bet Hanon, north of the Gaza Strip during the past week, which resulted in the loss of lives of over a hundred Palestinian children, elderly men and women and the wounding of hundreds of others as well as the demolition of dozens of houses. The use of excessive force is a clear violation of international law and of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilians under Occupation.More
    • 9 October 2004
      Brother Leader, Muammar Ghaddafi, of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya on Friday, October 8, paid tribute to President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal and to the Commission of the African Union for organizing the Conference of Intellectuals (6-9 October) from Africa and the Diaspora (CIAD).More
    • 8 October 2004
      The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Professor Alpha Oumar Konaré, has appealed to African leaders to forge an alliance with intellectuals from within and outside the Continent, in order to win the challenges of the 21st Century. .More
    • 4 October 2004
      The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union disapproves and condemns recent expulsions of African Immigrants by the Government of Italy.More
    • 1 October 2004
      The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), H.E. Prof. Alpha Oumar Konaré, will participate in the launching of the Synchronized Pan-African Immunization Campaign against Poliomyelitis, which will take place in Kano, in the North of Nigeria, on Saturday October 2, 2004, under the chairmanship of H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.More


    September

    • 23 September 2004
      In a meeting convened at the African Union Office in New York, H.E. Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chairperson of the African Union and Professor Alpha Oumar Konaré, Chairperson of the African Union Commission, addressed the African Group of Ambassadors to the United Nations, and briefed them on a wide range of issues of concern to the African Union, in particular the situation in the Darfur region of the Sudan.More
    • 23 September 2004
      The Arab Republic of Egypt, today became the 19th Member State of the African Union to sign the Convention on Inter-African Technical Cooperation Programme.More
    • 22 September 2004
      The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to the Sudan, Mr. Jan Pronk, today discussed the situation in Darfur with Ambassador Koffi Esaw, the representative of the Republic of Togo to the African Union, which holds the current chairmanship of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.More
    • 17 September 2004
      The 2nd Session of the Pan African Parliament was on Thursday, September 16, 2004 declared open at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, South Africa at a ceremony attended by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, the President of the Pan African Parliament, Ambassador Gertrude Mongella, the Commissioner for Political Affairs, Mrs. Julia Dolly Joiner, who represented the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and distinguished guests from other parts of the world, including the President of the Republic of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam, and President Chiage Oogi of the Japanese Senate.More
    • 17 September 2004
      Rita Marley, the widow of the famous Jamaican Singer, Bob Marley, today paid a visit to the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, H.E. Alpha Oumar Konaré. 
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    • 14 September 2004  
      From 15 to 17 September 2004, the African Union will convene, at its headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the second Continental Conference of African Experts on Landmines. The Conference, which aims to elaborate a Common African Position, based on the relevant decisions of the OAU/AU, in particular the Kempton Park Plan of Action of May 1997 and the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Anti-Personnel Mines and on their Destruction ( the Ottawa Convention), will bring together Experts from the AU Member States dealing with various aspects of the landmines issue, along with observer states and organizations.
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    • 13 September 2004  
      The Republic of Korea, today handed over a cheque for the sum of US$ 200,000.00 (US Dollar Two Hundred Thousand) to Prof. Alpha Oumar Konaré, Chairperson of the AU Commission in support of the African Union Peace Fund.
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    • 7 September 2004  
      H.E Mr Alpha Oumar Konare, Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union has appointed H.E Mrs. MAME MADIOR BOYE, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Senegal, as his Special Representative for the promotion of the protection of civilians in armed conflicts.
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    • 4 September 2004  
      The Extra-Ordinary Session of the African Union on Employment and Poverty Alleviation in Africa opened at the level of Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) and Experts on Friday, 3 September 2004 at the Ouaga 2000 Conference Centre.
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    August

    • 28 August 2004
      The Chairperson of the AU Commission today appeals to the Sudanese parties engaged in negotiations in Abuja, Nigeria, since 23 August 2004, to remain engaged in the talks to resolve the conflict in the Darfur region of the Sudan. The Talks are being conducted under the auspices of President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Current Chairman of the African Union (AU), President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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    • 28 August 2004
      The Inter-Sudanese Political Talks on the crisis in Darfur have been going on in Abuja, Nigeria, since 23 August 2004, under the auspices of the African Union (AU) and with the support of the international community.

      Over the past six days, the Parties have made commendable progress in their efforts to address the prevailing crisis and work towards its speedy resolution. Indeed, they have agreed on an agenda for the Talks and have started substantive discussions on the humanitarianism issues.
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    • 27 August 2004  
      The swearing in of 194 Members of the Transitional Federal Parliament of Somalia by the IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee on 22 August 2004 at the UN Compound at the Gigiri Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, was yet another major step by the Somali leaders towards the restoration of peace, security and stability in Somalia. Like its predecessor, the Eldoret Declaration, which the leaders signed on 27 October 2002, providing for the cessation of hostilities through out the country and the establishment of a Parliament for Somalia, is a significant turning point in the 22 months old Somali National Reconciliation Process. The prospects of a durable solution to the conflict in Somalia have become brighter today.
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    • 16 August 2004  
      The AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Mrs. Julia Dolly Joiner, will lead a delegation to Sudan composed among others of the Chairman of the AU Commission on Refugees, from 15-17 August 2004. This visit is a follow-up to the mission of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission which was undertaken from 20-22 June 2004.
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    • 7 August 2004  
      As part of its efforts aimed at achieving a political solution to the conflict in Darfur, the African Union (AU) will convene in Abuja, Nigeria, starting from the 23rd of August 2004, a meeting bringing together the Sudanese parties, namely the Government of the Sudan (GoS), the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A), under the auspices of President Olusegun Obasanjo, current Chairman of the AU.
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    July

    • 17 July 2004
      At the invitation of the African union, Representatives of the Government of Sudan, the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army and the Justice and Equality Movement, met at the AU Headquarters from 15 to 17 July 2004 to deliberate on conditions towards a comprehensive political settlement of the crisis in the Darfur region.More..
    • 7 July 2004
      The Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union, meeting in the Third Ordinary Session of the Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia yesterday made a solemn declaration on Gender Equality in Africa.More..
    • 7 July 2004
      The Second General Assembly meeting of the Organization of African first Ladies against HIV/AIDS has opened today in Addis Ababa.
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    • 6 July 2004
      The Federal Republic of Nigeria has been elected Chair of the 3rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union.More..
    • 6 July 2004
      The Third Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union was today declared open in Addis Ababa by President Joaquim Alberto Chissano of the Republic of Mozambique, Chairperson of the 2nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union.More..
    • 2 July 2004
      The Heads of State and Government of Member States of the African Union, meeting in the Third Ordinary Session of the Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia yesterday made a solemn declaration on Gender Equality in Africa.More..

    June

    • 30 June 2004
      The Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) of the African Union, today, ended its 8th Ordinary Session and adopted its final report at the AU Conference Center.More..
    • 29 June 2004
      The newly appointed Permanent Representative of the Republic of Mauritius to the African Union, Mr. Taye Wan Chat Kwong on Monday, June 28 presented his credentials to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Prof. Alpha Oumar Konaré More..
    • 29 June 2004
      The African Union Commission and the Chief Executives of the Regional Economic Communities, today held a coordination meeting at the AU Conference Center.More..
    • 27 June 2004
      Representatives of the Civil Society comprising NGOs form Africa, the United States, Europe, the American and the African Caribbean Diaspora as we he media, participated in an AU-CSO Forum on the African Union and Civil Society Partnership for Unity, Peace, Democracy and Development, held at the African Union Commission Conference Hall in Addis Ababa, from 26 to 27 June 2004.More..
    • 27 June 2004
      Today, June 26 is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. To mark the day, the United Nations on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has chosen the theme, Drugs: Treatment Works, to raise awareness among drug users, those at risk, policy makers and implementers, on the importance of treatment, support and rehabilitation of drug dependent persons.More...
    • 25 June 2004
      The Commission of the African Union will on Sunday, July 4, launch its first ever live radio broadcast on the margins of the African Union Summit. More...
    • 23 June 2004
      The African Union is dispatching a high level Team of Experts from South African and the AU Commission to the Sudan to undertake a preliminary assessment of the post-conflict needs of the Sudan. The Team will be in Sudan from 23-30 June 2004, and will be led by the Special Envoy of the Chairperson of the AU Commission to the Sudan, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe.
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    • 11 June 2004
      The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Prof. Alpha Oumar Konaré has condemned in the strongest terms, the attempted coup in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which occurred at 02:30 a.m. on Friday, 11 June 2004. The Chairperson commends the Transitional Government of the DRC for ending the coup attempt peacefully and for restoring calm in Kinshasa. More...
    • 11 June 2004
      The newly appointed Permanent Representative of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic to the African Union, H.E. Mr. Lehbib Breica today, presented his credentials to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Alpha Oumar Konaré. More...
    • 10 June 2004
      Representing the Commissioner for Political Affairs, the Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, Ms. Rosebud Kurwijila on 10 June 2004, on behalf of the Chairperson of the Commission of African Union, Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare, handed over a cheque of US$60,000.00 (United States Dollars Sixty thousand only) to Mr. Ilunga Ngandu, UNHCR Regional Representative in Ethiopia for financial assistance to the Government of Chad for Sudanese refugees. More...
    • 9 June 2004
      The Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the African Union, H.E. Mr. Olusegun Akinsanya, today on behalf of his Government deposited the instrument of accession to the Treaty establishing the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. More..
    • 4 June 2004
      The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Mr. Alpha Oumar Konaré, is monitoring with serious concern developments in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo which have culminated in the capture of Bukavu, the provincial capital of South Kivu, by renegade soldiers.
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    • 2 June 2004
      The Republic of Mali, yesterday, became the 4th Member country to deposit the instrument of ratification on the Protocol on Amendments to the Constitutive Act of the African Union.More..
    • 1 June 2004
      The African Union and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa, yesterday, signed a regional project agreement estimated at a cost of US$4.250 million for trade and capacity building, poverty reduction and sustainable human development in Africa. More...

     

    May

    • 29 May 2004
      The Arab Republic of Egypt on Thursday, May 27, 2004, donated to the Commission of the African Union, an effigy of Queen Nefertiti, the Chief wife of Amenhotep IV, who later changed his name to Akhenaten, a distinguished Egyptian King. More..
    • 28 May 2004
      The Government of the Sudan, on the one hand, the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice Equality Movement (JEM), on the other, have signed today, at the AU Headquarters, the Agreement on the Modalities for the establishment of the Ceasefire Commission and the Deployment of Observers in the Darfur, submitted to them by the African Union (AU) and its partners. More...
    • 26 May 2004
      The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union, Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare, welcomes the signing of the three Protocols on Power Sharing, the Two disputed areas of the Southern Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains and Abyei, by the Government of the Sudan (GoS) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in Naivasha, Kenya on 26 May 2004
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    • 26 May 2004
      The Chairperson of the African Union Commission condemns the recent incursion and aggression by the Israeli Defence Forces on Palestinian civilians at the Rafah refugee camp that have resulted in the death of 50 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom were women and children. He further condemns the excessive use of force against a peaceful march in Rafah that resulted in the killing of 20 Palestinians including children.
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    • 26 May 2004
      The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Saleck, today, deposited the instrument of accession to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union on behalf of his Government, making the Saharawi the 33rd Member State to do so.
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    • 26 May 2004
      The African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, gathered at the AU Conference Center, for a five-day meeting from 24-28 May, to discuss issues related to improving the welfare of the African Child. More..
    • 22 May 2004
      The Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU) welcomes the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council, on 21 May 2004, of resolution 1545 (2004), authorizing the deployment, for an initial period of six months as from 1 June 2004, of a peacekeeping operation in Burundi, entitled United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB).
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    • 21 May 2004
      The Chairperson of the AU Commission, Mr. Alpha Oumar Konaré, is monitoring with a serious concern the developments in Côte d’Ivoire, following the message broadcast on both radio and television by the President of the Republic, on Tuesday 18 May 2004, and the decree dismissing from Government three Ministers who are members of the New Forces and PDCI-RDA.
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    • 19 May 2004
      The three days Experts Meeting on Elections, Democracy and Governance has recommended that the Executive Council adopts the principle of developing a Charter on Elections, Democracy and Governance. More..
    • 18 May 2004
      The newly appointed Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to the African Union, H.E. Mr. Olusegun Akinsanya, today, presented his credentials to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Alpha Oumar Konaré. More..
    • 17 May 2004
      The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Alpha Oumar Konaré on Friday, May 14, was presented with the “German Africa Award 2003”.  
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    • 15 May 2004
      The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Mr. Alpha Oumar Konare has congratulated the Republic of South Africa for being chosen to host the 2010 World Cup Finals.
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    • 14 May 2004
      Following the decision by the Joint Ceasefire Commission (JCC) on its 07 January 2004 session, and the decision by the DRR Executive Secretariat of 08 April 2004, that designate Otraco in Gitega Province as the site for the second Demobilisation Center (DC2), the African Mission in Burundi is deploying the Ethiopian contingent of its Force to secure the site. The deployment is starting today, Friday 14 May 2004. This activity falls within the scope of the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) process. Indeed, one of the tasks assigned to the African Mission in Burundi is to “facilitate and provide technical assistance to the Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration process”.
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    • 11 May 2004
      The newly appointed Kenyan Permanent Representative to the African Union, H.E. Mr. Boaz K. Mbaya on Tuesday, May 11 presented his credentials to the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Prof. Alpha Oumar Konaré
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    • 7 May 2004
      The Commission of the African Union presents its compliments to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs/External Relations of all Member States and has the honour to refer to its Note Verbale BC/OLC/66.5/4/Vol.V dated 9 February 2004, informing them that the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Establishment of an African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights entered into force on 25th January 2004 in accordance with the provisions of Article 34 (3) of the Protocol and that elections for judges would be held during the next Summit in July 2004, which would also determine the seat of the Court.
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    • 7 May 2004
      An AU-led Reconnaissance Mission traveled, today, to The Sudan, to assess existing conditions for the establishment of the Ceasefire Commission (CFC), provided for in the Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement on the Darfur Conflict, signed in N’djamena, Chad, on 8 April 2004. The Mission is also expected to visit Abeche and N’djamena, in Chad.
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