Mayors call for N-weapons abolition in Hiroshima

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Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui

HIROSHIMA (Jiji Press) — Mayors across the world ended a two-day meeting in Hiroshima Thursday by adopting a declaration expressing their determination to abolish nuclear weapons.

The Hiroshima Appeal declaration urged governments across the world to drop nuclear deterrence in an effort to ease tensions and reduce the risk of using nuclear weapons. It also asked more countries to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons to accelerate efforts to abolish nuclear arms.

“We successfully deepened ties among member cities that have been continuing efforts to realize the dream of nuclear abolition,” Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, who chairs the meeting, told a news conference.

The 10th General Conference of Mayors for Peace was joined by representatives from 102 cities in nine countries as well as online participants from other cities.

Former U.N. Undersecretary-General Anwarul Chowdhury gave a speech about the promotion of peace culture on Thursday.