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2001-Dec-14: In Croatia

Sir Paul arrived in Croatia today to attend the final ceremony of the UN's Year of Volunteers at Croatia's national library in Zagreb.  During the ceremony,  Heather Mills received an award >from Croatian Prime Minister Ivica Racan for her humanitarian contribution in her fight against the use of land mines.   During the ceremony, Prime Minister Racan said that "I want to thank on behalf of the Croatian government all volunteers who are showing that goodness and self-denial haven't died out."

During her acceptance remarks, Heather said that Croatia holds a special place in her heart:  "I fell in love with Croatia in 1991 and that is the reason why this award is very special for me."  She added that "Mine fields in Croatia are like anthrax in the United States"  and that she hoped to return to Croatia next summer with Sir Paul.

Together, Sir Paul and Heather have raised more than $1.6 million to clear 14 land mine fields in Croatia and to pay for limbs for war victims - for children, in particular. The couple is currently filming two documentaries about Croatian land mine victims.

Sir Paul kept a low profile during the visit, telling reporters, "I am just carrying her bags, she's a star."  This was Sir Paul's second visit to the city of Zagreb.  He said, "I was here in 1976, with Wings. This was at a lovely concert, during which the audience sang Yesterday."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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