Irish rocker Bono has thanked Canadian Prime Minister PAUL MARTIN in person for taking the lead in the global fight against AIDS.

The U2 frontman - who last month (APR04) described Martin as having "real political guts" for his work against the problem - made his comments in Ottawa on Wednesday (12MAY04) as the leader announced a further C$70 million ($50 million/GBP27.8 million) contribution towards international AIDS charities.

Bono - who appeared just ahead of the country's election - said, "I am not here to elect Mr Martin", before going on to praise him for his efforts in combating the deadly disease.

But the 44-year-old singer added he'll never give up confronting political leaders, including Martin, on the subjects of poverty and AIDS.

He said, "Will I shut up? No."

14/05/2004 20:01