Round Table" took place 14th-16th August within the Agenda for Reconciliation conference.
Participating were present and past parliamentarians and
public officials from 22 countries. Their discussions focussed
on three main issues: the situation in North-East Asia, particularly
the possibility and implications of Korean re-unification;
justice in international economic relations; and the prospects
of reconciliation work in the Balkans.
Among the participants
were three members of the Japanese Diet (Parliament), including
the General-Secretary of the Democratic Party; a former Korean
ambassador to Japan; a council member of the Chinese Association
for International Understanding (CAFIU); a director of the
Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington
DC; the Assistant Director-General of the International Labour
Organization (ILO) for Europe and Central Asia; the Governor-General
of Jamaica; the Emir of Kano, Nigeria, and delegates coming
directly from the Somali peace talks in Djibouti.
Although representing a wide variety of political views and
differing concerns, they were united in their conviction that
political measures need a moral and spiritual basis. Trust
between the nations of North-East Asia or the Balkans cannot
be built without repentance and restitution. Justice in economic
relations cannot be realised unless globalisation is subjected
to moral correctives and concern for the weak.
Kazuo Tanikawa, MP, veteran parliamentarian from Hiroshima
who has held two cabinet posts, the ministries of Justice
and Defence, gave a seminar commemorating the 55th anniversary
of the dropping of the atomic bomb on his city. He quoted
the inscription on the cenotaph erected on the bomb-site
in Hiroshima: "Rest
in peace. We will not repeat the same mistake." This text was written after the Mayor of Hiroshima had visited Caux in 1950.
at thePoliticians' Round Table were: Yukihisa Fujita, Policy
Assistant to leader of Democratic Party, Japan; Junfa Zhu,
Chinese Association For International Understanding (CAFIU),
China; Horiyuki Moriyama, Sakai City Councillor, Japan; Kim
Tae-Zhee, Korea, former Ambassador to Japan and Germany; Dr
Shalkhan Murmoo, MP, India; Kazuo Tanikawa, MP, Japan; Chea
Vannath, President, Centre for Social Development, Cambodia;
Zhu Lingling, Deputy Director, CAFIU Research centre, China;
Yukika Sohma, Chairperson, Japan-Korea Women's Friendship Association,
Japan; and Takako Sakaki, Chief Director, Saitama International
Friendship and Information Cooperative, Japan.