EU ambassador to Japan visits Hiroshima, emphasizes importance of nuclear abolition

(by Kyosuke Mizukawa, Staff Writer)

On January 28, Patricia Flor, Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Japan, visited Hiroshima for the first time since taking up her post last November. In the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, she learned about the devastating consequences of the atomic bombing and emphasized the importance of efforts to abolish nuclear weapons.

After a tour of the Peace Memorial Museum, during which she observed the personal belongings left behind by victims of the A-bomb attack, Ms. Flor laid a wreath of flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims. She stressed to reporters that she was struck by deep feelings of grief and sorrow. Regarding the U.S. intention to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, she said that the world must faithfully comply with currently existing international laws and treaties in order to advance the goal of nuclear abolition.

Ms. Flor has held several prominent positions, including the Director-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany. In addition to a lecture she gave at Hiroshima University (in Higashihiroshima City), she visited Hiroshima and met with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui.

(Originally published on January 29, 2019)