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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Mar. 15) - The anti-nuclear proliferation passenger ship "Peace Boat" arrived in Tahiti Saturday as part of its Pacific tour commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first American atomic bomb on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

"There are 630 persons aboard," Laure Norest of the Peace Boat told Tahitipresse. "These passengers are 90 percent Japanese. The ship arrived from Easter Island. It’s stop in French Polynesia will end Sunday and it will leave for the island of Hawaii."

During its tour of the Pacific, the Peace Boat wants to emphasize the nuclear threat represented today by North Korea and the need for the United States to sign the nuclear nonproliferation treaty.

The Peace Boat ship left Tokyo Dec. 25. It is due to return to Japan on April 1 after having gone around the world. This is the ship’s 44th voyage, which will take it to 15 countries.

The Peace Boat organization was founded in 1983 "in order to develop ties of cooperation and to support regional initiatives in the areas of rights of man and long term development."

March 16, 2004

Tahitipresse: www.tahitipresse.pf


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