U.N. General Assembly President expresses support for Mayors for Peace

by Hiromi Morita, Staff Writer

Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba, who visited the United Nations Headquarters in New York on October 27, held a press conference at Hiroshima City Hall on November 4. Mayor Akiba emphasized that U.N. General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto has expressed his support for the efforts by Mayors for Peace, for which Mayor Akiba serves as president.

Mayor Akiba spoke to President d’Escoto about the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Protocol, a proposal made by Mayors for Peace to abolish nuclear weapons, and asked for d’Escoto’s cooperation to urge governments around the world to work toward the realization of this goal. Mayor Akiba also asked President d’Escoto to attend the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony next August.

In response to Mayor Akiba’s requests, President d’Escoto said, “I will cooperate with you the best I can” for nuclear abolition, and “If my schedule allows, I would like to visit Hiroshima.”

Mayor Akiba, looking back on his meeting with President d’Escoto, stated, “The U.N. General Assembly President, who holds the authority to guide discussions in general assembly meetings, expressed his support for Mayors for Peace. I hope this will help move us closer to our goal.”

(Originally published on November 5, 2008)

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