Libya's Gaddafi Accuses
US Of Creating AIDS

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has accused the United States of having manufactured the AIDS virus and urged it to take responsibility for care of millions of people infected with the disease.
"America manufactured the AIDS virus in its military laboratories and it must take the responsibility for the treatment of AIDS victims," he said September 1.
Gaddafi was addressing the People's General Congress, Libya's top executive and legislative body, on the 32nd anniversary of the coup d'etat that brought him to power.
"Evidence exists now that America set off the AIDS virus when it launched its bacterial defense programs in the early 1980s," he said.
The origins of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, remain a medical mystery. It is widely accepted that the virus was first transmitted from chimpanzees to humans, but no one is certain how, or when, this happened.
UNAIDS says some 36 million people are infected with AIDS and nearly 22 million have died since the beginning of the epidemic.


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