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Fiji Speaks At UN Debate On Disarmament

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, calls on nuclear weapon states to reduce and ultimately eliminate all types of nuclear weapons. He was speaking on behalf of
24 Oct 2014 09:06
Fiji Speaks At UN Debate On Disarmament
Fiji’s Permanent representative to the UN Peter Thomson

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Peter Thomson, calls on nuclear weapon states to reduce and ultimately eliminate all types of nuclear weapons.

He was speaking on behalf of the Pacific Small Island Developing States (PSIDS) at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Mr Thomson said PSIDS were committed to finding genuine and durable solutions so that nuclear weapons were never again used.

The General Assembly’s First Committee was currently debating ‘General and Complete Disarmament’.

Mr Thomson’s statement before the committee affirmed that PSIDS regarded the total elimination of nuclear weapons to be an essential perspective:

– to protect our fragile environment for the benefit of all future generations; and

– to reallocate precious resources away from defence matters towards sustainable development.

Between 1946 and 1996, the PSIDS region suffered more than 315 nuclear test explosions carried out in the Pacific, in French Polynesia, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands.

He said these explosions had spread radioactive fallout around the PSIDS region and rendered entire atolls permanently uninhabitable.

The PSIDS statement welcomed the renewed focus of the international community on the horrendous humanitarian impact of the use and testing of nuclear weapons.

It cited the higher rates of cancer, particularly thyroid cancer, arising from exposure to radiation from these tests.

He said it was essential that nuclear-armed states took all appropriate measures to reduce the risk of an accidental or unauthorised launch of nuclear weapons.

Mr Thomson also called on such states to ensure that nuclear weapons and dirty bombs do not fall into the hands of terrorist groups.

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