TOKYO – The president of the European Council urged world leaders on Wednesday to use common sense and resolve the ongoing global tensions during a visit to a Japanese city that was obliterated by a nuclear bomb at the end of World War II.
Donald Tusk said that leaders should take responsibility for peace and strive towards a safe and fair world order after visiting Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Museum and National Peace Memorial ahead of his participation in the upcoming G20 summit.
“The global stage cannot become an arena where the stronger will dictate their conditions to the weaker without any reservations, where egoism will dominate over solidarity, and where nationalistic emotions will dominate over common sense,” Tusk said.
“The threats of a nuclear blackmail ever-present in North Korea’s politics and Iran’s rhetoric, regional conflicts in Syria, Ukraine or in Libya, instability in dozens of places on all continents, trade tensions among the greatest world superpowers, as well as not yet fully-recognized consequences of threats coming from the climate crisis and next stages of technological revolution, show us how close to the brink the world has come,” he added.
Tusk said these risks should guide the talks in Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, where the G20 summit is set to begin on Friday.
The Polish EU official – speaking at the Peace Memorial after offering a floral tribute to the tens of thousands of victims of the atomic bomb the United States dropped on the city on Aug. 9, 1945 – said that the G20 participants had to “wake up” before it was too late.
“It is you, the leaders of world superpowers, who are responsible for the fact that the lesson of Nagasaki will not be in vain,” the EC president said.
Tusk was also set to visit Hiroshima – the other city hit by a nuclear bomb in 1945 – later as part of an awareness campaign on the danger of nuclear weapons.
The two cities have launched this campaign seeking the complete abolition of these weapons of mass destruction and have urged G20 leaders and organizations to visit them before the start of the two-day summit.
The summit’s agenda includes international taxation as well as ways to fight against plastic pollution and put the growing trade protectionism of countries such as the US in check.
The meeting could also lead to important decisions regarding the ongoing trade war between the US and China.