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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

LTTE violates the rights of women and children -- Ambassador

[b]LTTE violates the rights of women and children -- Ambassador informs UN Security Council[/b]

[b] New York, 02 November, ([/b] Reviewing the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security adopted five years ago Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam, Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, informed the Security Council that the LTTE is in "gross violation" of the rights of Tamil women and children.

Hailing "the Security Council Resolution 1325 as a ground-breaking initiative" Ambassador Kariyawasam told the Security Council on October 27, 2005: "The effect of armed conflict on the girl-child has been a grave concern in Sri Lanka for sometime. Recruitment of children including girls to the ranks of an armed group in the conflict in Sri Lanka is a continuing worry for our people. The armed group, LTTE, in gross violation of its commitments, continues such recruitment. This affects women, in general, who are the primary care givers in most families. Children, in particular, girls, being affected by armed conflict cannot and should not be allowed to continue by the civilized world and imposition of targeted actions against the perpetrators of such crimes is a paramount necessity."

"In our view, for any national or international action plan to be more effective and result-oriented, it should be evolved through a process of consultation with the civil society and other relevant actors, and should contain time-bound set of targets with monitoring and reporting mechanisms. The Government of Sri Lanka supports such processes, world wide and also as part of its national approach towards peace and reconciliation.

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