Japanese Communist Party Chair Shii Kazuo has recently received a reply from U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon thanking Shii for his letter regarding “[T]he Phnom Penh Declaration adopted by the International Conference of the Asian Political Parties in December 2010.”
Shii had sent Ban Ki-moon a letter informing him that Shii had proposed at the International Conference of the Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) to include in its Phnom Penh Declaration support for 5-point proposal made by Ban Ki-moon for a treaty banning nuclear weapons, and that Shii had succeeded in having the Declaration express its support for the proposal.
Ban Ki-moon’s reply to Shii states that though he was unable to attend the World Conference that he was “pleased to learn that you (Shii) had an opportunity to meet with the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Mr. Sergio Duarte, to discuss efforts by Member States and civil society stakeholders working together for nuclear disarmament.”
The U.N. head also wrote, “As Secretary-General, I will continue to use every opportunity to raise awareness as to the true costs and dangers of nuclear weapons.”
“I am grateful for your pledge to do your part in our mutual aspiration to realize a world free of nuclear weapons,” the letter concludes.
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“We support in particular the international agreement that ‘all States need to make special efforts to establish the necessary framework to achieve and maintain a world without nuclear weapons,’ as stated in the final Document unanimously adopted at the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, as well as the United Nations Secretary General’s five point proposal which includes a call for negotiations for a nuclear weapons convention.”