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Sri Lanka: Children

Volume 471: debated on Monday 28 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports he has received on the deployment of child soldiers in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement. (181238)

The UN Children’s Fund and Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for children and armed conflict, regularly report on the recruitment of child soldiers by both the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and Tamileela Peoples Liberation Tigers (known as the TMVP). We condemn the recruitment of children in violation of international law and praise the continuing efforts of UN agencies under difficult circumstances to combat this appalling practice.