Croatian Parliament Speaker visits Hiroshima

Hiroshima - Croatian Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković on Thursday visited Hiroshima, where he laid a wreath at the Peace Memorial Park for the victims of the atomic bombing and met with local officials for talks on possible cooperation with partners in Croatia. 

"Standing in silence at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park today, I pay my respects to all the victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as all the survivors of that unutterable human tragedy. We must do everything in our power for this tragedy never to happen again. We can achieve lasting world peace only with mutual understanding, tolerance, hope, humanity and wisdom. With deep respect to the Japanese people," Jandroković wrote in the book of impressions.

He also met with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, who informed him about the city's development. They also discussed the possibility of economic cooperation at national and local level as well as the Mayors for Peace project in which 34 Croatian towns participate.

Jandroković gave the chairman of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation, Yasuyoshi Komizo, the Vučedol Dove, a symbol of the plight of the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar in the 1990s war as well as of peace and freedom.

Author: Hina/Office of the Speaker