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More nations sign on to UN-backed initiative to end use of child soldiers

October 03, 2010
"The Paris Principles reaffirm our collective commitment to protect the most fundamental right of a child: To be a child,"
- Anthony Lake, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund

Eleven new countries have added their names to a growing United Nations-backed list of States that have pledged to halt child recruitment, support the release of children from armed groups and help reintegrate them into civilian life.

Cape Verde, Gabon, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Togo and Uruguay yesterday endorsed the Paris Commitments on Children Associated with Armed Forces or Armed Groups, raising the number of supporting countries from 84 to 95.

“The use of children in armed conflict is not only morally reprehensible, but it is a war crime,” said Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict.

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