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July 8th, 2005

Geldof, Bono Praise G-8 for Africa Aid @ 10:25 am

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Geldof, Bono Praise G-8 for Africa Aid

GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) - Rockers Bob Geldof and Bono, two of the world's best known Africa fund-raisers, declared victory Friday in their campaign to push leaders at the G-8 summit to double aid to the continent.

"We've pulled this off," said U2 frontman Bono.

He and Geldof praised the Group of Eight summit for pledging to double aid to Africa to $50 billion, saying the move will save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people who would have died of poverty, malaria or AIDS.

"The world spoke and the politicians listened," Bono said.

He said the Live 8 concerts and pro-Africa protest marches near the G-8 summit helped persuade the leaders of the wealthy countries to try to help end poverty in Africa.

"It's not the end; it's the beginning of the end," Bono said. "A mountain has been climbed here only to reveal higher peaks behind it."

The new funds "mean the financing is in place to halve deaths from malaria by 2010," Bono said. He added that 600,000 people "will be alive to remember this G-8 in Gleneagles who would have lost their lives to" malaria.

Geldof, creator of the Live 8 concerts, said: "The summit in Gleneagles is a qualified triumph." Appearing alongside Bono at a news conference held at the close of the summit, he said: "A great justice has been done."

Bono warned G-8 leaders that they will be held to account on their promises.

"If these people let us down ... they will feel it when they go to the ballot," he said.
 
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From:surfgirl83
Date:July 8th, 2005 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Oh thank the gods!! *releases the breath she's been holding for three days*

Thank you for posting this!!
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From:barbrocks
Date:July 8th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
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you're most welcome!
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From:kevvvy
Date:July 8th, 2005 06:56 pm (UTC)
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Its good news and certainly a great progress. But I hope they take it further than this and use this as an historic foundation to build on. Only thing I have a gripe about is the trade thing not being sorted out but I suppose its another excuse for a big gig in the city so every cloud and all that!!
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From:boriel
Date:July 8th, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
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i watched the press conference with tony blair this morning and he said that the trade thing will be formost and sorted out at the december meeting in japan.

and yes, this is a huge first step, and a victory....but we will still be watching. blair also said that agreeing to do it and doing it were not the same and the G8 leaders still need to do it.

i think i like that blair guy.
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From:pride4u2
Date:July 8th, 2005 11:24 pm (UTC)
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i think i like that blair guy

He's certainly better than the monkey we've got in this country.
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From:kevvvy
Date:July 9th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
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I'll always hate Tony Blair but he's done well here so fair play to him. They're not off the hook yet though!!

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