Message from Irish CND to the Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Survicors' Conference, Hiroshima, August 2002

Greetings from the Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament at its Annual
Hiroshima Commemoration, Merrion Square, Dublin, Ireland, 6th August

The Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (Irish CND) wishes to
congratulate the organisers and participants of the Atomic and Hydrogen
Bomb Survivors' Conference, which is taking place at this very moment in
the city of Hiroshima, Japan.

On the 29th of May 2001 Irish CND was honoured to welcome four of your
participants: Ms Hideko Matsuya, Nagasaki, Ms Tamiko Nishimoto,
Hiroshima and Mr. Shuntaro Hida, Hiroshima, survivors of the atomic bomb
attacks - together with Mr Hiroshi Taka, Secretary General Japan Council
against A and H Bombs - to Merrion Square Dublin to lay a wreathe at the
Cherry Tree here.

In Irish CND's opinion, the attack on the cities of Hiroshima and
Nagasaki constituted one of the great war crimes of the 20th century.

It is estimated that the world's nuclear powers currently possess the
equivalent of "1 million Hiroshimas" in their nuclear arsenals. We
believe that the threat of nuclear war is greater now than at any time
since the end of the Cold War. Your conference could not be more timely.

Irish CND holds that every nuclear bomb is a war crime waiting to

We have asked Irish CND representative and former Chairperson Ms Carol
Fox to present to you the Dove of Peace designed by Irish crafts
persons, as a token of our affection and appreciation of your efforts.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Ireland sends its best wishes
for the success of the Conference of Atomic and Hydrogen Bomb Survivors.

Beireann Buan Bua! [tr. Perseverance Wins out in the End]

On behalf of Irish CND,
Billy Fitzpatrick
National Chairperson post


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