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As weapon modernisation programs continue, and with nuclear-weapon states opposing the ratification of the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, a UN security expert defines the issue as “urgent”, saying that this is something that the world needs to take seriously.
By Joachim Teigen
“The risks of nuclear war are particularly high now” Renata Dwan, director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDR), told journalists in Geneva.
Dwan pointed to several factors, including continued modernisation of nuclear weapons programs, strategic competition between the United States and China, and the emergence of armed groups, private sector forces and new technologies blurring the line between crime and defence.
“For some of these factors” Dwan said, “the risk of the use of nuclear weapons are higher now than at any time since World War II”.
It was less than a month ago that Pope Francis lamented in front of the members of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences the lack of attention paid to nuclear disarmament in today’s political climate.
“A new season of worrying nuclear confrontation seems to be opening” the Pope said, warning them that the placing of new nuclear arms on earth and in space would raise the danger of a nuclear holocaust.
Although 122 countries have signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons, Dwan pointed out that this recognition of risks is in itself an invitation to acknowledge the urgency of the issue.
The fact also remains that the United States, Russia and other nuclear-weapon states strongly oppose the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, supported by the Nobel Peace Prize laureate International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).
One of the latest countries to ratify the treaty was Cuba in 2018, 56 years after the Cuban missile crisis, when for 13 days a conflict between Washington and Moscow brought the world closer to nuclear war than it had ever been before.
22 May 2019, 16:03
Pope Francis laments the Easter Sunday attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, which killed at least 207 people and wounded more than 450 others.
By Devin Watkins
“I wish to express my heartfelt closeness to the Christian community [of Sri Lanka], wounded as it was gathered in prayer, and to all the victims of such cruel violence.”
Pope Francis spoke those words of solidarity at the conclusion of his Easter Urbi et Orbi address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square.
The Holy Father said the multiple attacks on churches and hotels around Sri Lanka “have wrought grief and sorrow”.
“I entrust to the Lord all those who have tragically perished,” he said, “and I pray for the injured and all those who suffer as a result of this tragic event.”
Three churches targeted
Unknown attackers set off at least seven explosives on Easter Sunday morning at three churches and four hotels.
Two of the churches targeted were Catholic and one was an evangelical church.
The first blast hit St. Anthony’s Catholic Shrine in Kochchikade, a district north of the capital Colombo, causing heavy casualties.
Dozens of people died at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church in Negombo, another district north of Colombo.
The targeted evangelical church was in Batticaloa in Eastern Province, where more than two dozen people were killed.
The explosions struck within a short period of time, all targeting the faithful as Easter services were beginning.
Four hotels bombed
At around the same time on Sunday morning, blasts struck four hotels in Colombo, including the Shangri-La Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand.
At least nine foreigners were killed in Sunday’s attacks.
Archbishop of Colombo
Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, said it is “a very, very sad day for all of us.”
“I wish, therefore, to express my deepest sorrow and sympathy to all those innocent families that have lost someone, and also to those who have been injured and rendered destitute,” he continued.
Cardinal Ranjith said, “I condemn – to the utmost of my capacity – this act that has caused so much death and suffering to the people.”
He also called on Sri Lanka’s government to hold “a very impartial, strong inquiry and find out who is responsible behind these acts”.
21 April 2019, 12:21