Source: Council of the European Union
Good morning. I am honoured to be here today in the memorable city of Nagasaki. Thank you for your warm welcome.
I am deeply moved by my visit at the Atomic Bomb Museum, the National Peace Memorial, and the conversations I have had.
Even such a short visit has made me forcefully aware of how tragic the lesson of Nagasaki is, and yet, how full of hope it is. Today, two days before the meeting of world leaders in Osaka, it should also be a lesson of responsibility for our common future.
It is from here, from Nagasaki, that the words of warning and a simple appeal to all G20 participants should resonate: Wake up before it is too late. 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. You should understand: you take responsibility not only for your own interests, but above all, for peace and a safe, fair world order.
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 recognised 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. We continue to pretend that we are in full control of the dynamics of events and changes, but this is an illusion. The awareness of those risks should guide discussions in Osaka.
It is you, the leaders of world superpowers, who are responsible for the fact that the lesson of Nagasaki will not be in vain.