Director General Yukiya Amano delivering his statement.
6 August 2010 | Director General Yukiya Amano is visiting the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to attend their respective peace ceremonies on the anniversaries of the dropping of atomic bombs during World War II.
In a statement released to mark the tragic anniversaries he said, "It is right and proper to mark these anniversaries with solemn words of remembrance. It is also a time to renew our commitment to concrete action. The names Hiroshima and Nagasaki have gone down in history as shorthand for nuclear devastation.
"We owe their victims this commitment: that we will do everything in our power to make sure we never see another Hiroshima, another Nagasaki."
Amano used the occasion to call for a renewed international effort to achieve full nuclear disarmament and outlined areas where the IAEA could take a more active role. These include facilitating disarmament by verifying independently that nuclear materials from dismantled weapons are never again used for military purposes; supporting the creation and implementation of new Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zones; safeguarding nuclear material around the world; and continuing to work with countries to help prevent nuclear materials from falling into the hands of terrorists.
On 6 August Amano attended the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony, and later signed an agreement with the Hiroshima International Council for Health Care of the Radiation-exposed.
The agreement outlines areas of cooperation between the two organisations in a number of areas including: medical management of radiation exposed individuals; joint research; enhancement of public awareness and information exchange.
From 7-9 August the Director General will be in Nagasaki and will speak at an international symposium entitled Road to the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons: Nagasaki in 2010, as well as attend the Nagasaki Peace Ceremony.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
As a warning to people everywhere and as an appeal never to use such weapons again, the two Japanese cities stage exhibitions and events every year.
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-- By Sasha Henriques, IAEA Division of Public Information