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UN chief meets A-bomb sufferers, vows to eliminate nuke weapons

08-06-2010 16:07 BJT

TOKYO, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon met with atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima of Japan after Friday's 65th memorial ceremony, vowing to abolish nuclear weapons by 2020.

"They have given me a good direction of what the United Nations Secretary General and what other world power should do in helping them realize their dream and aspirations to see the end of nuclear weapons," Ban said.

"That was the most profoundly moving experience for me to meet with them. Those meetings with them have strengthened my determination to work even harder and harder, " he said.

Ban said he believe the hibakusha's testimonies must be told to all human being and must be taught to young generations so as they will not see any other tragedies anywhere around the world.

"I respect Ban for his effort in nuclear reduction. The tragedy of Hiroshima should not be repeated. We should abolish nuclear weapons. The voice of us Hibakusha must be heard," said Kazushi Kaneko, Director General of Hiroshima council of A-bomb sufferers organizations, in an interview with Xinhua.

Prior to the meeting, Ban delivered a speech on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation during which he proposed to convene regular Security Council Summits for talks on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation.

He also proposes to aim for putting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty into force in 2012 and invited the government of Japan to consider hosting a regional conference to advance the Five-Point Action Plan on Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation proposed by the U.N. Chief.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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