"No more Hiroshimas" Secretary-General tells anniversary ceremony of bombing

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The remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building, later preserved as a monument – known as the Genbaku Dome – at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. UN Photo

On the seventieth anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the call by survivors for a world free of nuclear weapons has received the support of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Survivors gathered in Japan on Thursday at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima to honour the tens of thousands of people killed by the world's first atomic bombing on 6 August 1945.

Maria Carlino reports.

The commemoration should remind all people of the need for urgent action to eliminate nuclear weapons once and for all, according to the UN chief.

In a message to the ceremony, he described the survivors as "unparalleled champions of peace" and said the United Nations stands with them. 

Mr Ban echoed their rallying cry "No more Hiroshimas. No more Nagasakis."

The first resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1945 reflected the world's concern about the use of atomic weapons.

Maria Carlino, United Nations

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