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to achieve nuclear disarmament. i can and a majority of u.n. member states have contributed to fraternity between nations by supporting the humanitarian pledge and through its inspiring and innovative support for the un negotiations on the treaty banning nuclear weapons i can has played a major part in bringing about what in our day and age is equivalent to an international peace congress it is the firm conviction of the norwegian nobel committee that i can more than anyone else has in the past year given the effort to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and in new vigor thank you very much.
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what is your message to the government that has so there you are we just looking at the announcement of this year's nobel peace prize and it has been awarded to the treaty on the protests perhaps it has been it awarded to the international congress to abolish nuclear weapons better known as i can well here to talk about it is about our political correspondent rupert any surprises here oh yes quite a long time and nobody really hot the i can movement the international comparing to abolish nuclear weapons really on the list there were several other organizations on the list that or treaties that. are going into the same direction but it seems to be clear that the nobel committee didn't want to really take sides for instance the iran nuclear deal was also part of this of the shortlist let's say
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that way but it seemed clear that they didn't want to take a side here so they chose i can i can is an organization it's rather young it was formed in two thousand and six or two thousand and seven and to derive some sort of a spin off of the international. group of physicians for the prevention of nuclear war while the older stay with us in just a minute sort interrupted river we're going to go back to stock all right now for the more on the announcement people the word that the world has become thanks chris and that there is a tendency. when we have we experienced that the best of new. conflicts have come closer. to claim that this is a middle east symbolic price since none of the nuclear powers are behind that i disagree in such a criticism because i do. we believe in. law matters.
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laws international laws and international obligations having our experience had an effect as i mentioned in the statement that was definitely a part of the process when it came to cluster mines landmines. biological and chemical weapons. the process will not be completed with a ban entirely. i can focuses on three steps to stigmatise that is the understanding of how devastating and dangerous these weapons are and to probe hibbett and to eliminate and to prohibit and eliminate related processes with different processes the nobel peace prize has been
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given to numerous organizations targeting against the nuclear forces nuclear weapons but it doesn't seem to have any effect. i don't agree in that statement either because when you. take a historical look it seems like there have been moments where it's been more engagement among nuclear states to. disarmament initiatives i do not believe we are in such a moment today and we do hope that it will have an impact and what definitely will not have an impact is being passive and just accepting the state of the world. the nuclear issue has had many candidates that's been mentioned before and i wonder did you consider giving sharing the prize between different. activist groups or.
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organizational person why did you land in this specific campaign. you are correct in this field there are many organizations and individuals who are active in this year's prize is a tribute to everyone everybody working for disarmament we have focused on the i can because we feel the norwegian nobel committee that they have taken a leading role in really vitalizing this process and they have managed in. admirable manner to combine. a popular engagement almost becoming a grassroots movement and engaging people of the world who are actually scared of the fact that they are supposed to be protected by atomic weapons they have also managed to end the legal playing field the political playing field and
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this work that they have achieved in bringing a new vitality into the debate they are outstanding and therefore have been awarded this year's peace prize. reuters. are you sending with the words this prize are you sending a message to any particular political leaders in the world and also has the risk of iranian nuclear deal unraveling been a factor in deciding the price thank you. has yes has the risk that iranian nuclear deal could unravel been a factor in your considerations thank you. thank you very much we are sending messages in fact to all states but also in particular to the nuclear
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weapon states. because it is a pact that states are in the different situation the majority of the states of the world who have. harmed the ban treaty can do so without an immediate consequence on. their armies and there they don't have to disarm where of course nuclear states are in a different position and we do realize that it has to be a slower process for them but the message we are sending is to remind them of the commitment that they have already made that. and we're just watching a live press conference from oslo norway where the where the nobel prize committee has just announced this year's winner of the peace prize the nobel peace prize has
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gone to the international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons that's a global civil society coalition working to promote adherents and full implementation of a nuclear deal we're going to have more for you coming up later thanks for. germany is a strong country. and we have achieved so much we can do this and if something henderson says we must overcome it india. going where it's uncomfortable global news that matters t.w. made for mines.
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little. man land rover here is that the boys to be that always be able to rely on in that very week it's a good like a scenic beauty you cannot get this type of beauty anywhere in the but.
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be it the pearl of the indian ocean or the teardrop in the sea both are true on sri lanka. the entire island nation including its capital colombo is caught up in an atmosphere of change. the civil war that lasted more than a quarter of a century ended in two thousand and nine at the beginning of two thousand and fifteen the people of sri lanka voted for more democracy in the form of a new president. the island formerly known as ceylon is an idyllic holiday destination for tourists it's best explored by train. a train journey here is always also
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a journey into the country's colonial past that much becomes clear before we start our journey at the central station in colombo fort in the heart of the city. we buy our tickets at a counter that has a nostalgic air they can then be checked by a friendly conductor. the station building was modeled on victoria station in manchester the traces of the british colonial rulers are everywhere. the british ruled between seventeen ninety six and nine hundred forty eight things were different back then. the many problems we have. and problems. in time they are not into that for their jobs. and there is no
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workshop people saw not marking time not their. problem. we are in luck our train bound for by doula is waiting already. and. we set off a tough past eight. we're about to go on a train journey that's been described as one of the most picturesque in asia. they will take us from colombo to ella in the highlands via candy a journey of around two hundred and seventy kilometers.
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a special trip on special tracks it was the island's first railway route and it's still known as main line. in. the first fifty four kilometer stretch to. is celebrating its hundred fiftieth birthday this year maybe that's where this train journey gets its charm and atmosphere it's a train journey that's always been significant to the people of sri lanka originally it was all transport of goods. there had been many months passed and yet carried years as a village very few by then just. but of course of it their feeling of there in less very many in our country and yes they all lived later guarded by greenpeace the going to see the sea the beach question time in life for them to go and see the sea beach get our boat paint through and.
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we cross the colony. one of sri lanka's largest rivers and leave colombo behind. the entire trip costs between one euro fifty and third class and eight euros in first class. sri lankans a very proud of the railway. so. i shouldn't say it was you know not that i tell you this morning. at that time you know no one it's quite safe. i've taken the train ever since i was little it feels good you can breathe fresh air and see many things out the window such as mountains rivers and lakes i like that. the train is better than the best you feel for. here.
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and the bus cost around twice as much there's even a television in first class. those who don't like that can travel in third class for less money and with a little bit of luck experience some live music. venues. the musician the shanta is actually a teacher but it's often the case in sri lanka that young well educated people don't find a suitable job. these help me please. make us our own brute force but as
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a country where. you. extend beyond i extend. that. i mean. i think that to do. that at the meeting of the full. story lanka is classed as a developing country. but many people live by agriculture often fifty euros a month must suffice for an entire family that's not a lot here either twenty percent of the children on malnourished. the gaps between town and country rich and poor a huge third class is correspondingly crowded some passengers aren't happy about the status quo at all. and i think that we want to know. what it's like in first
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class with the television. we want to have the same services and thirdly. we want improved comfort and greater security. docs are. the people are dissatisfied with their economic situation that caused president rajapaksa to be voted out at the last election. we're stopping in rumble qana is just a few minutes by took took to sri lanka's biggest tourist attraction. the pinto well an elephant often it's. the daily bath in the maya or your river is a sensation. baby elephants and injured adults are nursed back to health
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here in pin a well and. this is the need. for found the members he's now about sixty years old was first brought . in one thousand nine hundred seventy five so in nineteen seventy five. this organization it started off with five baby elephants and he was brought here as a baby now he's a very big one and he has fathered about five babies for us. right now. so and he said when and if when. there are four baby elephants. making the tourists happy here at the moment they are bottle fed six
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times a day getting up to seven liters of milk the animals are clearly happy. some of them have been brought from the jungle some of them have been born near the sea . separated there have become because of accidents like next indians and sometimes fight within the jungle so we keep them here treat them and give them a good life. we start ascending the plateau an ox cart takes twelve days for this laborious journey by train it's around nine hours building the railway line took place under severe.

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