AIDS virus co-discoverer at Abuja Summit

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Luc Montaigner, the French scientist, who in 1983 announced the discovery of the AIDS virus with American Robert Gallo, has arrived in Abuja for the African AIDS Summit, called to forge a common front against the disease.
Montaigner arrived at the Abuja International Conference Centre venue of the Summit late Wednesday, ahead of the two-day meeting expected to attract several African leaders.
Shortly on arrival, Montaigner, who is expected to present a paper at the Summit, visited the conference secretariat of the Nigeria Action Committte on AIDS (NACA), where he took pictures with NACA chairman Ibironke Akinsete and some people living with AIDS.
Co-ordinator of the Summit, A.
Nasidi, told PANA that Montaigner and Gallo were invited to the meeting to give their own perspective to efforts to contain the virus.
"We thought the Summit will not be complete without having here those who actually discovered the (HIV) virus.
We are still expecting Gallo, who has promised to come or send somebody to represent him," Nasidi said.
"Their presence will add a global significance to the efforts of the African leaders (at stemming the spread of the disease)," he said.
Meanwhile, Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi has also arrived in Abuja for the Summit.
Kadhafi, who arrived Wednesday afternoon, will chair a panel discussion on Sustainable Resource Mobilisation for HIV/AIDS, with panellists including Guinean and Egyptian leaders, and representatives of the African Development Bank, the World Bank, EU and USAID, among others.

25 Abril 2001 21:31:00




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