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McCartney Plugs Adopt-A-Minefield

April 21, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) _ Former Beatle Paul McCartney and his girlfriend, Heather Mills, appealed to a celebrity-studded audience to open their wallets and Adopt-A-Minefield.

The British pop star asked the 200 guests Friday night to imagine living in a country where there had been a terrible war _ and then being unable to walk on the beach or in the countryside for fear of stepping on a mine.

``My take on the whole thing is that it’s not a brave weapon,″ McCartney said. ``That’s why I want to see the world rid of these weapons.″

The Adopt-A-Minefield campaign seeks sponsors to adopt minefields identified by the United Nations as being in urgent need of clearance. The cost ranges from thousands to millions of dollars, depending on the complexity.

Mills spearheads a charity campaign that provides limbs for victims of wars around the globe. Her left leg was amputated below the knee in 1993 after a road accident.

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