Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has urged that the world must unequivocally reject the use of nuclear weapons while supporting the peaceful use of nuclear technology for the benefit of humankind.
In his speech to the commemorative high-level event organised on the sidelines of the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the foreign minister expressed Bangladesh's firm stand and unwavering constitutional commitment for general and complete disarmament.
The clarion call of the Father of our Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1974 to free the world from the scourge of nuclear war, forms the cornerstone of Bangladesh's commitment and adherence to nuclear disarmament, foreign minister added.
Recognising the dangerous consequences of use of these weapons, Dr Momen called on member states to cease senseless investments in non-productive armament purposes and to re-direct the world's finite resources to address issues like climate change, SDGs, and peace and stability.
"The international community must be united against the perpetual holding of nuclear weapons by a handful of states in total disregard of the safety and security of humanity," Dr Momen continued.
He demanded effective, unconditional and non-discriminatory assurances from nuclear weapons states against threat or use of nuclear weapons.
Foreign minister expressed Bangladesh's readiness to work with the international community towards realising the goal of a peaceful and nuclear-weapons-free world.