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AIDS Conference Ends with Call for More Money and Commitment - 2004-07-16


The 15th International AIDS Conference ended Friday, with leaders calling on countries to provide more money and commit themselves to combating the disease.

Leaders at the six-day conference in Bangkok also urged increased access to AIDS prevention and affordable treatment.

In closing remarks, former South African President Nelson Mandela told delegates that "history will judge harshly" if the global community does not do all it can to fight AIDS and HIV.

Earlier, human rights groups criticized China for closing a school for children orphaned by AIDS, and for arresting four farmers infected with HIV.

The next AIDS conference is set for 2006 in Toronto, Canada.

An estimated 38-million people are infected with HIV, 25-million of them in sub-Saharan Africa.

Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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