THE PEACE Boat will be docking at Limassol Port on Thursday, having embarked from Yokohama in Japan on July 18 on its 85-day world tour.
The boat represents a Japanese NGO that organises round-the-world voyages promoting peace and international understanding, for a world free from nuclear weapons or another nuclear disaster. The organisation was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2008.
The ship will dock in Limassol on its way from Egypt as it heads towards Turkey, Malta, Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, the Caribbean and South America before returning home. Since its founding in 1983, the Tokyo based organisation has launched 25 international voyages of passenger ships manned by international volunteers that travel particularly to areas that are experiencing or have experienced unrest.
These cruises, the main operation of the Peace Boat organisation, are on average carried out at least twice a year.
On board there will be survivors from the nuclear blasts on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
Deputy general-secretary of the Green Party Adonis Yiangou met with Peace Boat representatives already in Cyprus. He called the boat’s imminent arrival a gesture of solidarity towards the Cypriot people and their struggle.
He informed those at the meeting of the Green Party’s position on a nuclear-free Mediterranean and the party’s campaign to prevent a nuclear power plant being built in the southern province of Mersin in Turkey which lies opposite Cypriot beaches.
According to a statement, the Greens will fully support the Peace Boat’s events and campaigns in Cyprus.