Sri Lanka: Asian leaders meet for AIDS conference

Thousands of government officials and health care workers from across Asia gathered in Sri Lanka on Sunday for an international conference aimed at ensuring the AIDS epidemic does not worsen in the region. Opening the conference Sunday night, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse urged Asia's government leaders to forge a common approach to facing the advancing danger of AIDS. "As a mark of such solidarity, we must join hands within our respective countries and across boarders throughout the Asia-Pacific region, to achieve our objectives in limiting _ and hopefully eliminating _ the spread of AIDS," Rajapakse said. He also called for changes to established patent policies to make life-saving drugs available to all those in need.