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UNICEF tells LTTE: Even the recruitment of one child

[b]UNICEF tells LTTE: Even the recruitment of one child is unacceptable[/b]

[b] Colombo, 15 February, (Asiantribune.com):[/b] In its latest press release UNICEF states that "the unresolved situation of child recruitment, which led UNICEF to yet again appeal to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to cease the recruitment of children and to release all children within its ranks" continues to be of importance to it. It adds despite the decline of recruitment of children to an average of 43 a month "the recruitment of even one child is unacceptable to the Convention of the Rights of the Child."

Here is the full text of the UNICEF press release issued in Colombo:

UNICEF today (February 14, 2006) calls on the parties to reaffirm their commitment to the Cease-Fire Agreement, and to ensure that the protection of children affected by the conflict is at the centre of upcoming talks in Geneva. Of particular importance remains the unresolved situation of child recruitment, which led UNICEF to yet again appeal to Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to cease the recruitment of children and to release all children within its ranks.

"While recruitment of children in the last six months declined to an average of 43 a month, only 79 children were released and reunited with their families during the same period." says Ms. JoAnna VanGerpen, UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka.

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