Mandela closes AIDS meet with cry for cash


BANGKOK: Nelson Mandela made an impassioned plea yesterday for cash and co-operation to fight the killer AIDS virus after a week of discord at the world's biggest AIDS conference over Washington's go-it-alone approach. 

“History will surely judge us harshly if we do not respond with all the energy and resources that we can bring to bear in the fight against AIDS,” said the frail former South African president, who turns 86 tomorrow. 

Wrapping up the week-long 15th International AIDS Conference here, Mandela urged the world's rich countries to make good on financial promises to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis, launched in 2002. 

“We need to build the public-private partnership that is the vision of the Global Fund,” he said. – Reuters  

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