Rock star Bono and writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez have signed a statement
that has appeared in American newspapers - defending Argentina's debt
The U2 singer, NOBEL literature laureate Marquez and former Soviet leader
Mikhail Gorbachev have all added their signature to the quarter-page
advertisement proclaiming: "Argentina, a responsible country, a responsible
The ad, which appears in The New York Times and THE FINANCIAL TIMES,
continues: "Any increase in the fiscal effort would ignore the Argentine social
"Argentina's sincere and realistic proposal to creditors should be
understood within this context, taking into account the historic perspective of
a developing country and its inhabitants' social reality."
Other celebrities to sign include Emma Thompson, Viggo Mortensen and world
chess champion ANATOLY KARPOV.
At present, 50 per cent of the Argentine population live in poverty and 15
per cent are unemployed.