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18 Dec 2009 description
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By Xiao Linjun

NAIROBI, Dec 18, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- African wisdom sheds light on efforts to resolve political crises in 2009, with a series of achievements made to ensure the continent of peace and prosperity in the coming years.

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) is in the limelight of 2009 for defusing flare-ups, which until months ago posed a real danger not only to the war-torn central African country, but the entire Great Lakes region.

The key to the success is an African plan worked out by regional leaders, under which DR Congo and neighboring Rwanda, …

28 Oct 2009 description
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NOUAKCHOTT, Oct 28, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A total of 14,955 Mauritanian refugees in Senegal have returned since the repatriation operation began, an official source disclosed this to Xinhua on Tuesday.

The latest contingent, the 65th of the returnees, arrived on Tuesday at Boghe, a town on a river bank situated in the south of the capital Nouakchott, including 244 people from 58 families. They will resettle at eight villages along River Senegal.

The arrival of this contingent was supervised by the UN refugee agency UNHCR and the national agency for support and resettlement of …

08 Sep 2009 description
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Accra, Sep 08, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A two-day meeting on how to enhance information on aid flows between donors and recipient countries to ensure predictability and easy monitoring of the use of resources opened in Accra on Tuesday.

The workshop which is being held under the auspices of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is an attempt by stakeholders to make information about aid flows more available and accessible to all stakeholders, particularly partner countries.

Representatives of partner countries from West and Central Africa, and Civil Society …

03 Jun 2009 description
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DAKAR, Jun 03, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Mauritanian junta leader Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz suspended his campaign to run for president on Wednesday after rival parties reached an agreement to postpone the June 6 vote the previous day in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.

Abdel Aziz announced his campaign suspension at a rally held in Akjoujt, 250 km north of the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, according to information monitored here.

Mauritanian politicians agreed to postpone the disputed presidential elections to July 18 late Tuesday, after painstaking negotiations opened on May 28 in …

02 Jun 2009 description
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DAKAR, Jun 02, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Mauritanian politicians have agreed to postpone the disputed presidential elections to July 18 from June 6, after days of painstaking negotiations held in the Senegalese capital Dakar, according to an agreement announced here late Tuesday.

Under the agreement, Mauritania will hold its first round of elections on July 18 and, if necessary, the second round in early August.

Negotiators have also agreed to form a transitional government of national unity, which consists of representatives of different political forces on equal footing.

The …

31 May 2009 description
report Xinhua

by Chen Shun

DAKAR, May 31, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Mauritania's rival parties continued negotiations Sunday on a presidential election to end the months- old political crisis, with Senegalese mediators vowing to make a breakthrough and the Mauritanian military junta denying reaching an accord.

Senegalese Foreign Ministry Cheikh Tidiane Gadio ruled out the failure of the talks, which entered the fourth day in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, on a solution to the crisis triggered by a military coup on Aug.

25 Sep 2008 description
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ABU DHABI, Sep 25, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The Red Crescent Authority (RCA) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced on Thursday that it will send 35 tons of foodstuff to western African country Mauritania, the state Emirates News Agency reported.

The decision was made by UAE's RCA President Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who is also Deputy Prime Minister of the UAE, according to the report.

"Reports received by the RCA from Mauritania showed that broad segments of Mauritanian people have been reeling under the impact of drought and desertification …

21 Nov 2007 description
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DAKAR, Nov 21, 2007 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Mauritanian President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdellahi has presided over a series of consultations, in the capital city of Nouakchott, to discuss the return of Mauritanian refugees from Senegal and Mali, according to information reaching here.

The consultations were held in the presence of government officials, representatives from the UN High Commission for Refugees, parliament, political parties, diplomatic corps, the civil society and international NGOs, the Pan-African News Agency (PANA) reported Tuesday.

05 Aug 2005 description
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BEIJING, Aug 5, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- The international community is intensifying pressure on coup leaders of Mauritania, with the African Union (AU) suspending the membership of the oil-rich northwest African country on Thursday.

The AU Peace and Security Council announced the suspension to press for "the restoration of constitutional order," the organization said in a statement issued at its headquarters in Addis Ababa.

"Council decides to suspend Mauritania's participation in all AU activities until the restoration of constitutional order in the …

04 Aug 2005 description
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DAKAR, Aug 4, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) - Mauritania's capital was returning to normal Thursday after a group of officers led by Colonel Ely Ould Mohammed Vall, the director of national security, seized power to end more than two decades of "totalitarian" rule by the president, according to reports reaching here from Nouakchott.