Bono, Geldof welcome G8 aid deal for Africa
GLENEAGLES (Reuters) - Rock musicians Bono and Bob Geldof, who have spearheaded a global push to tackle African poverty, broadly welcomed a pledge on Friday by rich nations to double aid to Africa.
"If an Irish rock star can quote Churchill, this is not the end of extreme poverty, but it is the beginning of the end," Bono said after the summit of the Group of Eight (G8) nations at Gleneagles, Scotland.
"Six hundred thousand people will be alive to remember this G8 in Gleneagles who would have lost their lives to a mosquito bite," the U2 singer said, referring to the difference he said the extra aid would make to fighting malaria.
Geldof, who organised this month's Live 8 concerts to put pressure on the G8, said the summit was a "qualified triumph".
He gave the leaders 10 marks out of 10 for their pledges on aid and eight out of 10 for debt relief.
"A great justice has been done," he said. "We are beginning to see the lives of the poor of Africa determined not by charity but by justice."
The Irish stars said there was much still to do. They urged people who attended or watched the Live 8 concerts and supported the Make Poverty History coalition of charities, churches and other groups to make sure the G8 leaders stick to their pledges.
"The world spoke out and the politicians listened," Bono said. "Now, if the world keeps an eye out, they will keep their promises."