Mayors for Peace to send letter to President-elect Obama

by Hiromi Morita, Staff Writer

Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba announced in a press conference on November 18 that Mayors for Peace, for which he serves as president, will soon send a letter to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to express the organization’s high hopes for his leadership in moving toward the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Mayor Akiba attended a general meeting of the 2020 Vision Campaign Association on November 10 in Ypres, Belgium. This body was established by Mayors for Peace in November 2007 and the meeting participants made a quick decision to compose a letter to Mr. Obama. Representatives from 13 cities reportedly signed the letter.

The city of Hiroshima also plans to send a letter to President-elect Obama, inviting him to visit. Mayor Akiba remarked, “It’s clear that expectations for Obama are very high in Europe as well. We would like him to meet A-bomb survivors in Hiroshima to deepen his understanding of the true consequences wrought by the atomic bombing.”

(Originally published November 19, 2008)

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