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Establish legal framework to ban nuclear weapons

May 2, 2016

Hiroshima mayor appeals for nuclear ban



The mayor of Hiroshima Kazumi Matsui has appealed for a legal framework to ban nuclear weapons as a United Nations' working group on the issue begins a meeting in Geneva.

The UN working group will hold its second round of talks from Monday to May 13th.

Matsui spoke on Sunday at a meeting of an international non-governmental organization in the Swiss city.

He said it is vital to establish a legal framework to prohibit nuclear weapons in order to achieve global nuclear disarmament.

He said at the same time the world needs to break free from a security system based on the idea of nuclear deterrence.
He added that the international community needs to build a more stable foundation for peace "rooted in an awareness that we all belong to one human family."

Hiroshima bombing survivor Setsuko Thurlow who now lives in Canada also spoke at the meeting. She was 13 when the bomb exploded above Hiroshima.

She said that the world is tired of the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty and other existing frameworks which have failed to bring about the abolishment of nuclear arms.

She called the working group meeting a very important opportunity which requires an unprecedented strong approach.

She added that many of the survivors who wanted to see nuclear arms abolished in their lifetime have died and that those still alive do not have much more time.


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