Letter from the Secretary of State of Poland

15 February 2013

Thank you very much for your letter addressed to the President of the Republic of Poland Mr Bronislaw Komorowski. The President views with recognition and deference the efforts undertaken by your organization, the Hiroshima Youth Committee, to advert the threat of a nuclear conflict in the world. The tragedy of inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the victims of the deployment of nuclear weapons in 1945, continues to be a great warning to mankind.

Also the history of Poland and Europe serves as a reminder that failure to react and to take effective measures on the part of the international community may lead to enormous tragedies. As the ones who in World War II were afflicted with the terror of war and occupation, sustaining tremendous human and material losses, we, the Poles, thoroughly understand the suffering and pain of the victims of the atomic attack staged against the Japanese cities. Hiroshima’s tragic experience is also an impulse to actively and effectively prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and to make efforts to limit their existing stockpiles. I wish to emphasize that Poland is actively seeking to increase transparency of nuclear arsenals worldwide.

To this end, our country actively participates, among others, in the works of the trans-regional Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) to which Japan is also a party. Poland and Japan may jointly make their significant contribution, not only on the interstate level but also through cooperation with non-government organizations, to the efforts towards disarmament and peace.

Thank you once again for the letter sent and the beautiful paper cranes. The touching story of Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl, a victim of post-radiation disease in Hiroshima, who was folding one thousand origami cranes in the hope to regain health, is known to many Polish people. May this beautiful symbol which calls for a world free of wars and victims, for solidarity and an active approach of the international community, bring you all success in the peace initiatives you undertake.

Slawomir Rybicki

Secretary of State

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