Hiroshima mayor calls for target year for nuclear abolition to be specified in ICNND report

by Noritaka Egusa, Editor/Senior Staff Writer

At a news conference on October 21, Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba again expressed his regret over the Hiroshima meeting of the International Commission on Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (ICNND), which ended on October 20. He said, "If the ICNND does not specify a time frame for the elimination of nuclear weapons in its report, the report will lack coherence."

The ICNND report, set to be released early next year, is expected to depict nuclear abolition as "an objective after 2025." Mayor Akiba called on the ICNND to include a specific target year for nuclear abolition in the report, saying, "Presenting the negative view that nuclear abolition cannot be achieved by 2025 while providing no deadline for nuclear abolition lacks coherence and appeal."

Mayor Akiba went on to appeal for nuclear abolition by 2020, the target year advocated by Mayors for Peace, for which Mayor Akiba serves as president. "Nuclear abolition by 2020 is possible," he said. "It is important [for the international community] to create the necessary political will."

(Originally published on October 22, 2009)

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