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Clinton, Cambodia Sign Agreement to Extend Pediatric AIDS Treatment

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton has signed an agreement with the Cambodian government to expand medical treatment for children living with H.I.V. and AIDS.

Mr. Clinton and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen signed the deal Monday in the capital, Phnom Penh.

The former president is in Cambodia to tour AIDS-related projects and local organizations supported by his development group, the Clinton Foundation H.I.V./AIDS Initiative.

Mr. Clinton praised the government for making "steadfast" efforts to fight H.I.V. He said there is hope Cambodia can be a model for the rest of Asia and possibly the world.

Cambodia has reduced adult infection rates from about three percent in 1998, to just under two percent in 2004. The country still has one of the highest AIDS prevalence rates in the region.

Prime Minister Hun Sen says Mr. Clinton's visit will raise awareness about H.I.V. and help prevent discrimination against people living with the virus.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.