Bono, lead singer of Britiish rock group U2 and highly-publicized humanitarian, was in Paris Friday to receive a special award during a gathering of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. Bono was lauded as a "Man of Peace" during a ceremony for his efforts to help cancel African debts and fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in developing countries.
"This is a very big award for me, because let's be honest-- this is as close as I am going to get -- as close as a rock star is ever going to get to the Nobel Peace Prize," Bono was quoted as saying by news reports.
Nobel Peace Prize recipients attending the three-day Paris summit include F.W. de Klerk of South Africa, Lech Walesa of Poland and Northern Ireland's John Hume. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was unable to attend the ceremony due to health reasons.
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