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United Nations General Assembly President Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann will be visiting Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August, diplomatic sources said on Sunday.
Expectations for nuclear disarmament are running high in the wake of U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech in Prague, and the D’Escoto visit is aimed at clarifying his stand against nuclear weapons as the head of the U.N. General Assembly.
According to sources close to D’Escoto, the Japanese government had requested that he visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki before he took office as the president of the U.N. assembly. D’Escoto himself has expressed a strong desire to travel to Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and 9 respectively, the actual dates the atomic bombs were dropped, and his schedule is currently in the process of being finalized. It is unusual for the U.N. assembly president to make a visit to Japan so close to the end of the position’s one-year term, which for D’Escoto began in September 2008.