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Hiroshima 'a reminder of war's destruction' says Napolitano

President commemorates nuclear bomb victims on 67th anniversary

Hiroshima 'a reminder of war's destruction' says Napolitano

(ANSA) - Rome, August 6 - An important lesson from the the nuclear bomb explosion at Hiroshima is the destructive power of war, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said Monday. "(Through Hiroshima) we remember that knowledge of the destruction wrought by war must be preserved. It is a worthwhile warning to the younger generations that did not live" through the Second World War period, said Napolitano. He spoke on the 67th anniversary of the United States' bombing of the Japanese city, the first time a nuclear weapon had been used in warfare. Three days after the August 6, 1945 bombing, the US dropped a nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki. These attacks helped to end the war in the Pacific but also caused horrific damage. Napolitano's remarks came in a letter to Athos De Luca, whose "Land and Peace" group organized the memorial of the bombing of Hiroshima. Napolitano praised the "meritorious initiative" and added that nuclear capabilities remain a dangerous force in the world, including in areas that are tense and unstable. He also joined in commemorating the losses Japan recently suffered following last year's major earthquake there. "I also join you in remembering the recent sufferings caused to the Japanese people from the terrible earthquake of March 2011, from which Japan has recovered with an admirable tenacity and dignity". The bombing of Hiroshima also reminds the world of the value of peace, said the vice president of the Senate, Vannino Chiti: "We must never cease to defend the values that are the basic building blocks of the road to democracy and peace for the whole human community".

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