Arms dis­ar­ma­ment meet­ing opens in Ja­pan Fri­day

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL - From Anthony Ma­liki, Tokyo, Ja­pan

The 8th min­is­te­rial meet­ing of the Non­Pro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­ar­ma­ment Ini­tia­tive (NPDI) will be­gin on Fri­day in Hiroshima, Ja­pan with the 12-mem­ber coun­tries ex­pected to be rep­re­sented to dis­cuss arms threats in the world.

In a pro­gramme of events ob­tained by Daily Trust from the or­gan­is­ers in Tokyo yes­ter­day, the dig­i­tal ar­chive of the coun­try is ex­pected to un­veil the hor­rors of atomic bomb dur­ing World War II on Hiroshima and Na­gasaki while sto­ries would be heard from sur­vivors.

Daily Trust also leant that the dig­i­tal ar­chive is a way to re­mind the world about the hor­rors of the atomic bomb and also as tools for pass­ing on mem­o­ries to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

The Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­ar­ma­ment Ini­tia­tive (NPDI) was es­tab­lished in 2010 and made up of 12 coun­tries. They are Aus­tralia, Canada, Chile, Ger­many, Ja­pan, Mex­ico, the Nether­lands, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emi­rates, Nigeria and the Philip­pines. Nigeria is the only African coun­try in the fold.

The NPDI was es­tab­lished within the frame­work of the Nu­clear Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty (NPT) to help im­ple­ment the Fi­nal Doc­u­ment of the 2010 NPT Re­view Con­fer­ence. The Ini­tia­tive had is­sued a se­ries of dec­la­ra­tions con­cern­ing the pace of NPT ne­go­ti­a­tions and the need to swiftly move on both non-pro­lif­er­a­tion and dis­ar­ma­ment.

It also ex­pressed con­cern by the threats of nu­clear weapons posed to hu­man­ity and reaf­firmed with a sense of ur­gency its un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to achiev­ing and main­tain­ing the shared goal of a world free of nu­clear weapons. NPDI said sus­tained and high­level po­lit­i­cal will is crit­i­cal to achiev­ing this goal.

U.S. Sec­re­tary of De­fense Chuck Hagel (L) and Chi­nese Min­is­ter of De­fense Chang Wan­quan par­tic­i­pate in a joint news con­fer­ence at the Chi­nese De­fense Min­istry head­quar­ters in Bei­jing April 8, 2014.

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