Following is the full text of the Peace Declaration issued Wednesday by Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui during a ceremony to mark the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima:
We are shocked at Israel’s ongoing brutal assault on the Gaza Strip, which has caused more than 150 Palestinian civilian deaths. The kidnapping and murder of three teenage Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank was condemnable, but Israel has reacted to it by visiting indiscriminate collective punishment on the Palestinian people, without identifying the culprits.
Nuclear-armed states are modernizing their arsenals and appear determined to keep sizable numbers of such weapons of mass destruction for the foreseeable future, the SIPRI think-tank said in its annual report on Monday.
More than 48 percent of some 375,000 young people—nearly 200,000 kids—tested by the Fukushima Medical University near the smoldering reactors now suffer from pre-cancerous thyroid abnormalities, primarily nodules and cysts. The rate is accelerating.
The presence of nuclear weapons between rival countries cannot guarantee the prevention of nuclear exchange or war. It is always a gamble, and it is a gamble that can always fail at some time in some place. The claim that nuclear deterrence ‘works’, at least to such an extent that you can safely rely upon it, is untenable.
Video Recording from the Conference on “Abolishing Nuclear Weapons: Relevance for South Asia and the World” organised by the coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace(CNDP)