April 22, 1999 12:00 AM

Muhammad Ali joined U2 singer Bono in London Tuesday night in boosting a plan to convince Western countries to cancel the debts of the world’s poorest nations. The proposal, formulated by a coalition of more than 70 volunteer groups known as “Jubilee 2000,” got the high-profile push from pop stars and others at Tuesday’s Brit Awards, a yearly event recognizing musical accomplishments. Bono received a special award recognizing the coalition’s efforts to lobby the richest nations to write off the debts of the poorest countries by next year. He passed on the award to former world heavyweight boxing champion Ali, an ambassador for the campaign, who was standing in the crowd.

    • “Jubilee 2000 has come along with a big idea, the biggest idea I have ever heard, an idea that might give the Millennium some meaning,” Bono said.

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