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May 28, 2010 - Peace Boat representatives meet Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua
In early May 2010, a Peace Boat delegation, led by Founder and Director, Yoshioka Tatsuya, visited several locations in Nicaragua, Central America, to prepare for the second ever visit by Peace Boat to the country. The visit will take place in September 2010 when the ship is expected to dock at the Nicaraguan port of Corinto on the country¡?s Pacific Coast.

In order to experience firsthand the historic, touristic and natural riches of Nicaragua, the Peace Boat delegation visited the Nicaraguan cities of Managua, Leon, Masaya, Granada, the port facilities of Corinto, the communities of Catarina, San Ju?«¡n de Oriente and the sites of the Masaya Volcano, Cerro Negro and Leon Viejo. Visits were conducted in coordination with local partners, and allowed Peace Boat to establish new contacts with local governments and civil society organizations.
On May 5 2010, the Peace Boat delegation was received by the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, who was accompanied by First Lady, Rosario Murillo, the Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources, Ms Juana Arge?«?al Sandoval, the President of the National Ports Authority, Mr Virgilio Silva and the Nicaraguan Ambassador to Japan, Mr Saul Arana Castellon. During the meeting, Peace Boat presented its main activities and discussed with the President ideas for future cooperation towards the abolition of nuclear weapons and the opposition to foreign military bases. Both these principles are included in Article 5 and Article 92 of the Nicaraguan Constitution respectively. Ways to deepen the already fruitful relations between the Governments and civil society movements of Asia and Latin America, and particularly between Japan and Nicaragua, were also discussed. Another highlight of the meeting was the promotion of the Nicaraguan commitment to the abolition of nuclear weapons both at a local and international level, a commitment proved by Nicaragua when it became the first country in the world to secure the complete participation of all local governments in the international initiative of "Mayors for Peace".

During this preparatory visit, Peace Boat representatives also met with other officials and representatives from the Nicaraguan central and local governments and civil society. Besides those mentioned above, meetings were also held with Ms Marcia Ramirez, Minister for Family, Adolescence and Childhood; Mr Manuel Calderon Chevez and Mr William Martinez, Mayors of Leon and Corinto respectively; the renowned Nicaraguan historian Mr Aldo Diaz Lacayo; Mr Jaime Incer Barquero, President of the organization FONDONATURA and representatives of the Nicaragua-based Central American University (UCA) and the Nicaraguan Foundation for Comprehensive Community Development (FUNDECI).

Currently, and in coordination with our local partners, Peace Boat is developing a wide range of study and exchange activities to be carried out as part of our upcoming visit to Nicaragua during the 70th Global Voyage for Peace. These activities will include themed exposure and study tours on the history of the Sandinista Revolution, local development, environmental protection, rural community building, protection of children and elderly persons in vulnarable situations, as well as sports, culture and language exchange activities with students. Nuclear survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki will also participate and a Peace Festival will be held in the city of Leon during the ship's call.
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