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Claude Ruelland
Mouvement de la Paix (French Peace Movement)
France

International Meeting

2015 World Conference against A and H Bombs

 

Claude Ruelland

Mouvement de la Paix (French Peace Movement)

France

 

 

              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.

 

              Although immediately 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.

 

              Admiring these people, who did not surrender despite their physical and psychological suffering, our delegation wants to contribute with all modesty required in the meeting today.

 

              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 :

              -construct a 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 outstanding :

              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.