U2 frontman Bono will try to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries when he addresses a special meeting in Dublin on Tuesday (June 1).

U2 frontman Bono will try to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries when he addresses a special meeting in Dublin on Tuesday (June 1).

EU development ministers are currently undecided whether to pursue a policy of debt relief or one based on targeted aid for the world's poorest countries.

Bono has frequently used his celebrity status to gain access to global leaders to discuss issues on the Third World. On May 20, he told a United States Congressional hearing he was ashamed by Europe's lukewarm support for punitive sanctions against military-ruled Burma, and its failure to support activist Aung San Suu Kyi.