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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2585

TMVP release a further 28 child soldiers

Colombo, 25 April, (Asiantribune.com): The Government of Sri Lanka has welcomed a further release of 28 child combatants (age 12-17) by the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal on 24th April 2008.

They were released with the presence of the Commissioner General Rehabilitation and UNICEF Officials. (While 20 of these children immediately returned to their families, 8 have expressed their interest to participate in a rehabilitation process).

On 7th April 2008 an initial group of 11 children were released by the TMVP and accepted by the Government. Another two children were handed over to the Batticaloa police today, the 25th morning which is now come about to 41.

The Government appreciates the strong commitment shown by TMVP.

This move is a clear indication of their commitment towards abiding by their zero tolerance policy on child recruitment and having under-aged persons within their Organization.

The Government of Sri Lanka having recognized this commitment and the children’s interests is taking necessary action to enable these children to undergo psychological evaluations, counseling and programmes aimed at providing them with an education, vocational training and skills development.

The TMVP’s conduct is an example for the LTTE. The Government of Sri Lanka continues to request the LTTE to also release all children within their ranks.

- Asian Tribune -

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