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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 111

LTTE to end underage recruitment by the end of this year - Head of LTTE Political Wing, B Nadeson

Colombo, 14 December, (Asiantribune.com): By the end of 2007, there will not be any underage children in the Tamil Tigers armed formation. This was disclosed to the newly appointed head of UNICEF-Sri Lanka, Philippe Duamelle, who visited yesterday to Kilinochchi and met the Head of LTTE Political Wing, B Nadeson, at the LTTE Political Head Quarters.

According to the statement released by the LTTE Peace Secretariat, Nadeson has informed the Head of the UNICEF that by the end of this year, LTTE will announce that there are no more under-18 persons in the organization and UNICEF must be ready to do its part to complete its role in this program so that it too can remain in sync in its statement.

The discussion with the UNICEF head and the head of the LTTE’s Political Wing centered round the topic of LTTE work in ending under-18 persons in the organization.

Pointing to the delay by UNICEF in completing its part in this program, Nadeson called on the UNICEF Head to ensure that UNICEF carry out its part in verifying the under-18 persons released by the LTTE and also in doing its part to reunite the released children with their families.

The statement revealed that among the topics discussed were the work of the United Nations in general in the Tamil homeland and the program of releasing under-18 persons by the LTTE.

Nadeson assured UNICEF of the continued cooperation of the LTTE with UNICEF in all aspects of the work of the UNICEF and urged UNICEF to do its part in this partnership.

- Asian Tribune -

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