Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster remembered

The nuclear power plant disaster that happened in Ukraine twenty five years ago has been remembered at special events at the United Nations.

Ban Ki-moon striking peace bell

The commemorative day started with the ringing of the peace bell by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the acting President of the General Assembly and officials from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

A minute of silence was observed afterwards.

Addressing the General Assembly’s commemorative meeting, Ban Ki-moon, who just returned from Eastern Europe, said that it is one thing to read about Chernobyl and another to see the site of the disaster.

Anyone visiting this dead infamous site as I did last week will be profoundly moved- the giant reactor encased in concrete yet still deadly, the empty town and nearby villages, houses in ruin, the land contaminated. Chernobyl displaced hundreds of thousands of people and affected millions more.”

The Secretary-General said that the Chernobyl disaster also had “a larger and more encouraging story” of international solidarity in responding to the disaster.

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