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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2586

UNICEF commends 2nd TMVP release

Colombo,25 April, ( UNICEF today commended the release by the TMVP of 28 children from their ranks, characterizing it as a “very encouraging sign that the TMVP intends to comply with their national and international legal obligations.”

Speaking from Colombo, the head of the UN children’s agency in Sri Lanka, Philippe Duamelle, highlighted the important role played by the government in securing the second major release of children by the TMVP in just two weeks.

“We are beginning to significant progress from the TMVP,“ he said. “If the TMVP continues to release at this rate, and refrains from recruiting children, they will eventually conform with their public commitment to release all children. I hope that we will see a third major release shortly.”

The TMVP released 11 children on 7 April this year, the first significant release from their ranks.

UNICEF supports the government in the care, reintegration, and monitoring of children who have been released. The names of children released by armed groups are checked against the child recruitment database maintained by UNICEF, and the figures adjusted accordingly.

- Asian Tribune -

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