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Rock Stars Geldof, Bono Urge More Action on AIDS

May 23, 2003

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Rock stars Bono and Bob Geldof Thursday urged world leaders to shelve their disagreements over Iraq and unite against AIDS. After the two stars met with British Prime Minister Tony Blair to discuss the AIDS epidemic in Africa, Bono said there was a chance that Blair could negotiate a new agreement on fighting AIDS at the upcoming Group of Eight summit in Evian, France. "The war against terrorism is bound up against the war on poverty. I did not say that, [U.S. Secretary of State] Colin Powell said that, that the greatest weapon of mass destruction is the AIDS virus and when a military man says something like that you know you have to start paying attention," said the U2 frontman. Bono also praised U.S. President George Bush for agreeing to allocate $3 billion this year to fund aid relief work in Africa.

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05.22.03

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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