Mr.Chairman and the delegates of all the countries represented here today;my name is Tomihisa Taue and I am the mayor of Nagasaki City. As Vice-President of Mayors for Peace, I am grateful to have this opportunity to convey the voices of the citizens of the atomic-bombed city of Nagasaki and those who stand in solidarity with them everywhere.
The hopes of these citizens have been raised by the words of United States President Barrack Obama, Who proclaimed in Prague this April that“the United States will take concrete steps toward a World without nuclear weapons”
Our hopes were also raised in the year 2000, When the nuclear powers promised to completely abolish nuclear weapons at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. In reality, this promise was ignored and a period of severe cold followed.
Even during this period, however, the people in the atomic-bombed cities continued with their efforts. Some 64 years after the atomic bombing, the people of Nagasaki are still speaking out about the horrific destruction caused by the bomb and maintaining their hope that nuclear weapons will be abolished．