Irish rocker Bono has urged world leaders to solve the AIDS epidemic if they want victory in the war against terror.

As the leaders of the Britain, America, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Japan and Russia prepare to unite at next month's (MAY03) G8 summit in France to discuss world issues, the U2 frontman has echoed US Secretary of State COLIN POWELL's calls for them to recognise the link between poverty and terrorism.

Speaking after a breakfast meeting in London this morning with fellow campaigner SIR Bob Geldof and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Bono says, "The war against terrorism is bound up against the war on poverty. I did not say that, Colin Powell said that, that the greatest weapon of mass destruction is the Aids virus.

"When a military man says something like that you know you have to start paying attention."

He also called on leaders direct their attention to forging a final agreement on the war against Aids and to "push a little away from their disagreement over the war in Iraq".

22/05/2003 13:59