New Agenda Coalition to be represented in World Conference against A & H Bombs

The 2001 World Conference, scheduled for August 3-9 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, will be attended by Darach MacFhionnbhairr, head of the Disarmament and Non-proliferation Department of Foreign Affairs in Ireland, representing the "New Agenda Coalition" governments.

This was announced by the Organizing Committee for the World Conference at its meeting on June 1 in Tokyo.

International delegates announced by the Organizing Committee also include Hasmy Adam, Malaysian U.N. ambassador representing the Nonalignment Movement. Peace and anti-nuclear weapons activists from the U.S. and Britain, and representatives of A-bomb survivors from South and North Korea will also take part in the conference.

The Organizing Committee also announced the program for the 2001 World Conference, which includes a "peace summit" with activists of nuclear weapons possessing countries, a panel discussion on "international politics and grassroots movements" with government officials, and an exchange gathering with local government officials.

The Organizing Committee wants to make the World Conference an opportunity to further develop international cooperation in order to put the brakes on the U.S. military buildup, help step up the grassroots movement calling for Japan to get out from under the U.S. "nuclear umbrella," and to increase solidarity with A-bombed sufferers. (end)