NAGASAKI (Kyodo) Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue said Friday he will express misgivings about a possible nuclear cooperation agreement with India and also the government’s handling of a secret atomic pact with the United States in the Peace Declaration to be issued Aug. 9, the anniversary of the city’s A-bombing.
Releasing its gist at a press conference, Taue said he will call on the government to take the lead in achieving global peace while asking people around the world to work together for that purpose.
“This year falls on the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing, a milestone for Nagasaki,” he said. “I’d like to convey the atom-bombed city’s desire for a nuclear-free world to the people of the world.”
In this year’s declaration, Taue will express worries on the reluctance of nuclear powers to set substantial arsenal-reduction goals in the review conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in May.
He will show support for an international treaty to completely ban nuclear arms.
The Nagasaki mayor will make the final decision on the content of the city’s annual peace declaration after experts and representatives of hibakusha compile a draft.
Hiroshima issues similar peace declarations annually on Aug. 6.
In June, Japan launched talks with India to conclude a bilateral civilian nuclear cooperation pact, with the intention of exporting atomic power technology and related equipment to India.
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