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Malaysia has played an important role in calling for the total elimination of nuclear weapons

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has actively participated in international efforts calling for the total elimination of nuclear weapons by participating in the three major international conferences on the issue since 2013.

The country’s unwavering commitment to nuclear disarmament was reflected in its participation in the first-ever Intergovernmental Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons hosted by Norway in Oslo in 2013, followed by similar second and third conferences held respectively in Nayarit, Mexico, and Vienna, Austria. one year later.

Hakim Hamzah, Secretary General of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRC), recalled that at the conference on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons held in Vienna in December 2014, there were representatives from three different political parties. from Malaysia.

This clearly showed that the various political parties representing the views of Malaysians were aware of the importance of knowing the serious implications of the use of nuclear weapons.

“It is also hoped that regardless of which political parties in Malaysia represent the incumbent government, Malaysian citizens can rest assured that Malaysia’s policy on nuclear weapons issues remains the same,” he said. he recently told Bernama in an exclusive interview. on the second anniversary of Malaysia’s ratification of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) on September 30, 2020.

Malaysia was the 46th state to ratify the treaty and that in itself is Malaysia’s very great contribution to the international community in eliminating nuclear weapons, he said, adding that as a Malaysian , he is very proud of the country’s firm stance on nuclear weapons issues.

Under the TPNW, nations are prohibited from using or threatening to use nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. They are also prohibited from developing, testing, producing, manufacturing, acquiring, possessing or storing them.

Likewise, States Parties to the TPNW must cooperate to ensure the successful implementation of the Treaty, which includes the obligation to provide technical, material and financial assistance to States affected by nuclear weapons.

Hakim said that the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has been calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons since September 1945, the day after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in Japan, adding that the international organization has regularly called for ” absolute ban”. nuclear weapons ever since.

Hakim said the risk of nuclear conflict or accident is higher today than it has been for decades, as some states still believe that nuclear weapons are tools to ensure security national and regional and that they are necessary to maintain the geostrategic balance.

“This despite evidence that the risk of using nuclear weapons, whether intentionally, by miscalculation or by accident, has increased in recent years to the highest level since the Cold War,” he said. he declared.

Regarding the MRC’s efforts to promote the TPNW, he said that the MRC-ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross) Facebook conference on nuclear abolition held recently showed that young people, including school students secondary schools, also wanted to learn more about the TPNW and nuclear abolition.

Over 500 young people attended the online conference and had an interactive session with speakers from CRM and ICRC. – Bernama