The Slovenia Times

Pahor urges cooperation on 75th anniversary of Hiroshima


"Hiroshima is the embodiment of everything that is wrong with war," the president said, adding that Hiroshima and Nagasaki mark the end of one of the most atrocious periods in human history, the end of a war that defeated humanity.

Pahor pointed out that the bombings showed that the advancements of science do not necessarily entail the advancement of human kind, but "can also lead to our downfall". Whether to use science "to the benefit of peace or war is a human, political decision".

However, "Hiroshima and Nagasaki foremost remind us of our duty to peacefully resolve our disputes and always, always, endeavour to improve relations between people, nations and states".

In a closely interconnected world a threat to one part of the world, be that an arms race, or a pandemic, can quickly become a threat to all of the world. "We need to work together even more closely and invest shared, genuine efforts to strengthen our mutual trust and cooperation."

"It is easy to make enemies and hard to build friendships and even harder to forgiven. Although learning from the past is probably the hardest of all, we cannot change history but we can change the future," Pahor said, noting the anniversary should serve as a warning about where conflict and hatred can lead.

"On behalf of Slovenia I Would like to express my appreciation for all those who work tirelessly to preserve the memory of Hiroshima an Nagasaki," Pahor added, while concluding by expressing his deepest respect for the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and their families.


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