CZAR, IN AFRICA, APPLAUDS GORE
GLOBAL AIDS INITIATIVE
February 19, 1999
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KAMPALA, UGANDA - Sandra L. Thurman, Director of the White
House Office of National AIDS Policy, released the following statement
from Kampala, Uganda, where she is on a four country tour to implement
the LIFE Initiative, the new U.S. response to the global AIDS pandemic:
"Since the beginning of this relentless pandemic, it has been determined
leadership that has made the most profound difference. Today, I am extremely
pleased that Vice President Gore and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations,
Richard Holbrooke, have seized this historic moment to lead the Security
Council to its first consideration of a health issue. Today, the U.N.
stated in no uncertain terms that our shared battle against AIDS is much
more than a humanitarian crisis, it is an economic and a security crisis
as well. If we are to win this war, it will take aggressive and concrete
action from all sectors of all nations. Today's action moves us decisively
in that direction."
For more information, please contact the Office of the Vice President
at (202) 456-7035. For Sandra Thurman, on location in Uganda, please call
(256) 77-221-293 or her office in Washington, D.C. at (202) 456-2959.