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Bulgaria Finances Fund For HIV-Infected Libyan Children

Bulgaria marked World AIDS Day earlier this month (epa) 23 December 2005 -- Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry said today that the Bulgarian and Libyan governments have agreed to establish a fund for HIV-infected children in Libya.

The agreement could pave the way for the release of five Bulgarian nurses who were sentenced to death in Libya. They were found guilty of intentionally infecting more than 400 Libyan children with AIDS-tainted blood. The nurses deny the charges.

Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the fund was agreed in coordination with the European Commission, the United States, and Britain.

Today's announcement comes two days before the five nurses and one Palestinian doctor are due to appear before Libya's Supreme Court to appeal their convictions. They have been held in Libya for almost seven years.