2015 World Conference against A and H Bombs
Mouvement de la Paix (French Peace Movement)
In the name of my
delegation from France, I would first like to greet the Japanese people, in particular
the Hibakushas, who had that tragic experience, one of the most cruel which
humanity has known in the twentieth century, 70 years ago, when, this
abominable summer morning, a monster collapsed on your city.
following this tragedy and over the next decades, people tried to erase
humanity's memory about the events which took place, the Hibakushas, admirable
with courage and dignity, gradually found the strength to rise and remind the
whole world, with the aid of Japanese pacifist organizations, of that which had
instantly caused uncountable deaths and then inexpressible suffering for these
decades, as well as for the next generations.
people, who did not surrender despite their physical and psychological
suffering, our delegation wants to contribute with all modesty required in the
Alas, during the
last NPT Review Conference which was held in New York in May, the countries
armed with Nuclear Weapons, following the example of France, did not want to
disarm, and imposed their vision of international security on the rest of the
world, which is constructed under permanent threat. This is unacceptable.
Despite the fact
that for the essentials the idea of Non-Proliferation functions well, the five armed
States have still not realized their commitments to disarmement. In fact, over
the years we have witnessed the permanence of nuclear weapons solely reserved to
the five armed countries, with their exlclusion to all the others. The NPT
Review Conferences have shown that there is no consensus between the armed states
and the numerous other nations.
What to do ?
Our objective is
simple : do everything we can to help the project of the 107
countries : that means a treaty banning nuclear weapons. European
countries, for the majority, constitute a major obstacle : it is necessary
for us to construct, with all urgency, a strategy for our continent, and first
of all our country, France :
campaign for the European countries to join the 107 countries and support Austria
-make the seventieth
anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki a trampoline for this campaign. For example,
the Mouvement de la Paix organizes a debate at the
Memorial of Caen on the theme « Seventy years after Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, what security for
the people, with or without Nuclear Dissuasion ? »
Regarding the direction of an effective strategy, the debate is
What is likely to
create or raise a public debate during which a dynamic campaign could help us
to win the majority of public opinion ?
Is it our continued opinion-based campaign, founded on the denunciation
of the destructive power of atomic bombs, targeting a rise in the pressure of
public opinion on our governments to finally meet the commitments taken in 1992
by signing the Non-Proliferation Treaty, or a new campaign founded on human tragedy,
the terrible carnage of which would be provoked by atomic explosion, signed
before the harbinger end of the world ? Does one not also have to demand
unilateral nuclear disarmement of our country in the framework of its
commitment to the sides of the 107 countries on behalf of the adoption of the
treaty banning these weapons of terror and the apocalypse ?
In any case, another
struggle is against the insufficient knowledge of public opinion, in our
country and across the world, about the tragedies experienced in Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, and about the breadth of human disaster which it has resulted in
(which the international community always had the tendency to neglect, even
forget). The struggle continues in making our citizens aware of the tragic occurences experienced by the
inhabitants of Hiroshima since August 6, 1945 until today, and leading them to understand the threat which
weighs on humanity. Because of this they would have a reason to rally and
demand that leaders of our countries
commit to the European plan as well as the International, on the side of
Austria and the 107 other countries, which have already mobilized.