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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 2994

'Zero tolerance on LTTE child recruitment,' former UNESCO

[b]'Zero tolerance on LTTE child recruitment,' former UNESCO officer calls on international community[/b]

[b]Colombo, 16 February, ([/b] Dr Hiranthi Wijemanne, former head of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) said that the international community should impress upon the LTTE to immediately stop the rebel group’s child recruitment drive. "There should be zero tolerance and this is a non-negotiable issue. No reason could justify child recruitment," she said referring to the latest incident involving a 15 year old LTTE cadre.

Dr Wijemanne, former UNESCO Executive pointed out that the international community should not give any quarters to the LTTE as child recruitment is a blatant violation of the International Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Meanwhile, the UNICEF representative in Sri Lanka, Beth Verhey met Social Services and Social Welfare Minister K.N. Douglas Devananda to discuss issues concerning the rehabilitation and reintegrating of the children released by the LTTE. Minister Devanada had assured Ms Verhey that the government would extend fullest cooperation to the UNICEF plans for child rehabilitation. The ministry will set up rehabilitation centers in the north and east and the UNICEF will assist in financing, planning and administrating such centers.

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