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Issue of nuclear disarmament should be continuously raised

2022 Aug 07, 6:48, Kathmandu

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Pushpa Bhusal has highlighted the need to consistently raise the issue of disarmament of nuclear arms and ammunitions.

In her address to a programme organized by Nepal Afro-Asian People Solidarity Organization to mark the 77th Hiroshima Nagasaki Memorial Day in the capital today, she spoke about the importance of continuously conducting an intellectual debate on the issue of disarmament.

The Deputy Speaker expressed her firm commitment to the global campaign of eliminating nuclear weapons and advancing global peace.

She also underscored the need to best utilise technology to steer the country ahead on the path of development and prosperity rather than misusing it.

"We should reflect and learn the past events so as to utilize them for the country's development and prosperity", she said.

Presenting a working paper on the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Prof Dr Moti Bhusal of Tribhuvan University Department of Chemistry said the whole world would be invariably affected if the nuclear-rich countries engage in a war.

Nepal's neighbouring countries are also storing nuclear arms, he said the Himalayan country would bear a huge loss if nuclear leakage occurred under any pretext.

Commenting on the paper, Prof Dr Mandira Pradhananga of the Department said she had visited the bomb-ravaged area and found local people still living terrifying lives. "Hiroshima and Nagasaki are still tearing", she added.

On this occasion, foreign affairs expert Hiranya Lal Shrestha said that nuclear disarmament should be implemented to safeguard humanity.

"Nepal is in the middle of arm-rich countries, China, India and Pakistan. Mere leakage would be enough to affect us immoderately", he said.

Association Chairperson and former Minister Kripasur Sherpa said all types of weapons and military equipment should end across the globe.

Other speakers have also called for effective implementation of disarmament of nuclear weapons to make the earth a safe place to live in.

On 6 November 1945, the United States of America dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, wherein tens of thousands of people lost their lives and thousands were injured. Seventy-seven years on, the campaign to abolish nuclear weapons has become more challenging. ---


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