Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sri Lanka's ex-Tigers say no more child soldiers soon

Source: Reuters
(alertnet)By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Jan 23 (Reuters) - A breakaway Tamil Tiger rebel group now allied with the government will release the last 20 child soldiers it has in its ranks within two weeks, the group's leader said on Friday.

Under a deal struck with the U.N. children's agency UNICEF last year, the TMVP group led by ex-Tiger commander Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan had agreed to let go all child soldiers. On Friday, Muralitharan said the TMVP had freed 14 child soldiers and pledged to remove the rest quickly. They released 38 in April last year. Full Text