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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Fu Cong, at the Plenary of the Conference on Disarmament

Thank you, Mr. President,

Firstly, I would like to welcome the high school students from Nagasaki of Japan. Your annual visit to the CD always reminds us of that dark period in the last century. We appreciate your high sense of responsibility for peace.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It is also the 70th anniversary of the victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. A great western philosopher once said, “those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”. There is also an old Chinese saying, “past history, if not forgotten, serves as guidance for the future”. To remember the history is to create the future; and to commemorate war is to safeguard peace.

History should be viewed as a coherent whole, rather than isolated fragments. Only with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the history, and a profound reflection on the causes of that war, can we learn the appropriate lessons from history and avoid the recurrence of such human tragedies.

70 years ago, the two atomic bombs dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused insurmountable sufferings to the innocent local civilians. And the war that ended 70 years ago also brought immeasurable disasters to the people of many countries in the world. After 70 years, the innocent civilians who suffered from the devastations of the war are still haunted by the traumas from such tragedies. These people include you, students from Nagasaki, your parents and grandparents. They also include the survivors of the Nanjing Massacre and the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and their descendants, as well as those much humiliated and trampled upon “comfort women” and their families.

Let us bear in mind the tragedies of all the people who suffered from that war, and make united efforts to oppose all wars and safeguard peace, to prevent resurgence of militarism and to strive for a better and safer world.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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