South Africa Commemorates 60th Anniversary of Hiroshima and
Tshwane - President Thabo Mbeki, today Saturday, 6 August
2005, joins world leaders, in expressing solidarity and sympathy with the peoples
and cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in marking the 60th anniversary of the atomic
bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that left thousands of innocent men, women
and children killed, maimed and injured during World War II.
says, "Today, the international community bows its head in respect and solemnly
recalls the 60th anniversary of the tragic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki."
"The tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 60 years ago, made a huge
impact on the people's of South Africa. Despite our own struggle against the vicious
system of apartheid, they marked this day over the decades in commemoration of
that great tragedy."
"The people of South Africa campaigned vigorously
for the total elimination of nuclear weapons. We are very pleased that South Africa
voluntarily dismantled its nuclear weapons capability and committed itself to
the opposition of all weapons of mass destruction during South Africa's democratisation."
Africa today reaffirms its commitment to work with the people of Japan and the
international community in creating a nuclear free world and safe global environment."
"We owe it to the memory of all the victims of the atomic bombings
to build a global society based on the enduring values of peace, tolerance, understanding
and the elimination of all weapons of mass destruction," concluded President
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853
Department of Foreign
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6 August 2005