ACTIVISTS have welcomed a decision by Chester City Council to join the Mayors For Peace Campaign.
The campaign's aim is to work internationally to raise awareness regarding nuclear weapons reduction and eventual abolition and commitment to peace.
Frances Laing, of Boughton, and Joan Meredith, of Malpas, used public speaking time to draw attention to the work of the Mayor's for Peace organisation.
Grandmother Ms Meredith, 75, said: 'We are very, very, pleased.
The decision has transcended politics and it's opened it out and given a bit of power to ordinary people really.'
And she is eager for Chester Lord Mayor Terry Ralph to go to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference at the United Nations in New York in May this year.
'At the Non Proliferation Treaty conference we are hoping 100 mayors from around the world will put pressure on America to sign up to it.
'So Chester could send the Lord mayor or a representative,' added Ms Meredith, who has been arrested many times for protesting at military bases. 'It's going to lead to the abolition of nuclear weapons, we hope, eventually,' she said.
The motion to debate whether to support Mayors for Peace was presented by council leader Cllr David Evans.
Some councillors expressed concern about the idealistic aims of the peace organisation and expressed a wish to abstain from the vote.
Liberal Democrat Councillor Mia Jones urged members to support the organisation and said: 'In 2005 we entered the 60th year since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where more than 140,000 people were killed as a direct result of the bombing.
'We have the opportunity to take a small step to help secure global peace and harmony for our children and for their children. To end nuclear proliferation and the nuclear threat, all countries must plan for nuclear disarmament now!
'The work of Mayors for Peace Campaign also stretches to tackling issues on poverty, starvation, human rights and environmental destruction and provides the lead-ership for cities to reach out to each other across national boundaries and to press our government to address global threats to our citizens.'
The Lord Mayor, Councillor Terry Ralph will sign the Mayoral Statement on behalf of the Council, which calls on the government to support the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference which will take place at the United Nations in May 2005, and to initiate negotiations which will lead to a reduction and eventual abolition of nuclear weapons by the year 2020.