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Hiroshima Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba said Tuesday he will ask the U.N. to set up a special committee to examine how to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

The plan was disclosed in an outline of this year’s Peace Declaration. He will deliver the speech Saturday at a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing.

Akiba said he will make the request at a meeting of a U.N. international security panel to be held in October.

This year’s declaration says the collapse of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty review conference showed that the nuclear powers are not listening to the majority of the world’s citizens, who want nuclear weapons eliminated.

The mayor will take his pitch to the First Committee on Disarmament and International Security at the U.N. General Assembly.

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