Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in his speech at the commemoration ceremony:
“At the end of August, the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Group of Eminent Persons meeting and the United Nations Conference on Disarmament Issues will convene here in Hiroshima, as will the G-7 foreign ministers’ meeting next year. Through these international meetings, we will send out our thoughts powerfully from an atomic bombing site as a message to the international community.” (The Japan Times)
Read the full speech here.
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in a statement published by CNN:
“There will be a meeting of the CTBT Group of Eminent Persons this month and a meeting of G7 foreign ministers next April both in Hiroshima, where I hope to discuss all these issues.”
Read the full statement here.
CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo is in Japan to attend both ceremonies and meet with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida. Read more here.