Wednesday, June 27, 2012

U.N. to witness signing of ‘child soldier’ agreement

Wednesday, 27 June 2012 11:59 Mizzima News

The U.N. secretary-general's special representative for children in armed conflict will witness the signing of an agreement for the signing of children from the Burmese armed forces on Wednesday, a UN spokesman told reporters on Tuesday.

“The new action plan sets out concrete and time-bound activities to ensure the separation of children from the armed forces, and to prevent further recruitment,” U.N. spokesperson Martin Nesirky said at a daily news briefing.

In addition to being witness to the agreement, the U.N.’s Radhika Coomaraswamy is scheduled to meet with President Thein Sein and government officials to discuss the ongoing sectarian violence in Rakhine State.

Recent reports said the death toll is at least 70 persons, with thousands of homes burned in the three-week outburst of revenge murders and hate crimes.

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