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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 82

UNICEF and Sri Lanka President condemned LTTE for ..........

[b]UNICEF and Sri Lanka President condemned LTTE for recruitment of under aged children [/b]

New York, 20 September ( Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kamaratunga and Ann Veneman showed great concern over the child recruitment by the Sri Lanka Tamil rebel outfit- Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and condemned the same. Recruitment of child soldiers is considered a gross violation of ceasefire agreement by the Tamil Tigers.

The Executive Director of UNICEF Ms Ann Veneman met with Sri Lanka President Kumaratunga at UN after her address in the UN General Assembly and said she shared her views and her concern for children.

They discussed their shared commitment to uplift the welfare of children the world over. Ms Veneman said she could not agree more with President Kumaratunga about the three scourges that afflict the world, namely poverty, disease and terrorism.

In this context they discussed the continued reports of the LTTE's conscription of children in the North and East of Sri Lanka and the need to draw the awareness of these gross violations of the CFA to the international community. In June this year Ms. Veneman took up this issue with the LTTE during a post-tsunami visit to Sri Lanka.

During her UN address President Kumaratunga outlined the work done by Sri Lanka’s National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), which she reiterated, to the UNICEF Chief during their meeting.

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