The leaders of the G7 diplomacy began this Sunday a two-day meeting in Hiroshima, whose agenda was overshadowed by the unprecedented visit of John Kerry in this city victim of first atomic bombing in history .
the Secretary of State is the highest government official of the United States to ever visited Hiroshima. Eluding first day in an ultra-sensitive issue, he mentioned “a heavy schedule” in a tweet, citing Syria jihadists of the Islamic State (EI), the Asian regional issues and global threats.
by choosing to welcome guests in Hiroshima, Japan, the only country to have been the target of atomic attacks, wanted to focus on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.
“at that occasion, i want to send a strong message for peace and a world without nuclear weapons, “said the Japanese Minister Fumio Kishida at the opening ceremony.
He hopes to publish at the end of the meeting on Monday, a document that would be remembered as “the declaration of Hiroshima.”
Previously, ministers will visit in the morning to the Memorial museum for peace, before honoring the 140,000 victims of the US bombing of August 6, 1945. All eyes are on Kerry: he will express apology or regrets? Convinced that the bombings were necessary to push Japan to surrender, the United States have never apologized. The Secretary of State was evasive in an interview with the local press, while pleading for a “world without nuclear weapons.”
“Yes, the United States have long been engaged for global nuclear disarmament,” he insisted.
He recalled that “President (Barack) Obama had promoted this goal”, referring to his speech in Prague in April 2009. The head of the US State might even come to Hiroshima, to during his trip to Japan for the summit.
“the important thing is to never repeat this mistake”
“the question is not whether there will apologize or not, “said Sunao Tsuboi, soon 91 years, a hibakusha (survivor of the bomb) that was horribly burned in the furnace of Hiroshima. “The important thing is to never repeat that mistake.”
Placed under tight security, the G7 meeting, a prelude to a series of ministerial appointments before the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the end of May, must address “the issue of terrorism and all situations of crisis, Syria, Libya, and then the threat of North Korea, “said the French minister Jean-Marc Ayrault.