Monday, August 02, 2004

Celebrities including Bono, Jude Law and Minnie Driver have signed an open letter to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, thanking him for boosting overseas aid.

The letter, also addressed to Chancellor Gordon Brown, was published in the Independent newspaper.

It praises the government for increasing funding to tackle world poverty and its commitment to reach a UN-set aid giving target by 2013.

But the letter urged the government to go further and cancel Third World debt.

"In 2005 as chair of the G8, the Commission for Africa, and the EU you will have a unique opportunity," the letter states.

"We're counting on you to lead rich countries to cancel Third World debts, deliver more and better aid that meets the UN target, and end unfair rules."

.... and i like it very much ........