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G-8 Leaders Promise Africa Money in Fight Against AIDS

  • VOA News

The leaders of the world's eight major industrialized nations have concluded their summit, pledging to spend 60 billion dollars to fight AIDS, malaria and other diseases that plague the African continent.

Their pledge was announced today during the final working session of the Group of Eight leaders' summit at a German Baltic Sea resort (Heiligendamm).

The U.S. is contributing 30 billion dollars of that pledge. Speaking on behalf of African nations, Ghana's President John Kufuor said African governments are committed to meeting the expectations set out by the donor nations.

This includes fighting corruption and improving government. The G-8 also renewed promises it made during its 2005 summit to double development aid to the continent. Host German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised that the group will fulfill its obligations.

Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair said the deal represents a partnership between Africa and the developed world.

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