International Meeting
2001 World Conference against A & H Bombs

Ven. Bounsy Venephoumy
Manager, Central Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organization
Lao


Esteemed Chairman, Distinguished Participants, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great honor and pleasure for me to present my speech to the significant Conference among dignitary participants.

Permit me, on behalf of Lao Buddhist and ABC Lao National Centre, I would like to greet you all and express our deep gratitude to the Organizing Committee and ABCP Japan Centre who, organizing the World Conference Against A & H Bombs, cordially invited us to the Conference and provided us all facilities during our stay in the beautiful country.

The world Conference was held in the globalization period which gives a challenge to the world but it trends toward cooperation, development and building up the world for peace. For this the Asian Buddhist Conference for Peace wi1l increase an attempt to bring Lord Buddha's Teachings on peace, solidarity and loving kindness into a concrete action for a happy life of mankind and world peace.

Our country Lao People's Democratic Republic, is one of three states of Indochina which was waged by the aggressive war for more than 30 years. During the war, many kinds of weapons chemical bombs, etc. were dropped throughout the country.

Peoplefs life and property came to complete destruction. The innocent people including Buddhist monks, women and children met their death. Now many bombs remain in the country. They still kill innocent people while they are working on the field.

After national liberation in 1975, Lao people with great effort build up the country by economic and cultural development according to governmentfs policy of' national poverty alleviation. Our government also laid down foreign policy accorded with the will of people and new changes especially extended the relation tie with all nations in the world regardless political system based on the respect of independence, sovereignty and mutual interests.

Today we are gathering here to mark the human historical significant Day. That is the day of A & H bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear weapons. Life and property of Hiroshima and Nagasaki citizen were completely destructed. The Hibakusha more than three hundred thousand are suffering due to its radioactive aftereffect and the fate of their descendants is dimmed.

We all know that nuclear weapons are the destructive weapons. They can completely destruct life and property of people. It is stated human beings cannot peacefully world unless the threat of nuclear war and nuclear weapons are totally eliminated.

To prevent the occurrence of such catastrophe in human society, we unitedly supported the Appeal from Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In the past the ABCP Japan Center have organized seminar, forum, Peace March Signature campaign to strongly support the Appeal from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The ABCP Lao National Centre in collaboration with Lao Buddhist Fellowship Organization and Lao Buddhist carried out the signature campaign in our country to support the Appeal from Hiroshima and Nagasaki especially for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

To build up our world free from nuclear weapons and nuclear war, we, Lao Buddhist earnestly call people of different faith in the world to jointly bring the teaching of one's own religion on peace, unity, compassion, love and mutual assistance into a concrete action which can help us to build up world free from terrorism and nuclear war and to solve the dispute among nations by peaceful means, based on five principles of peaceful coexistence.

We, Lao Buddhist fully support the spirits of the world Conference Against A & H bombs and the Appeal from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In conclusion, I would like to wish the World Conference a great success.
Thank you.


To the 2001 Wolrd Conference against A & H Bombs