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Tamil Tiger Rebels to Tackle Child Recruitment

Tamil Tiger rebels, under fire for recruiting children, have suggested a way to clear up such complaints, truce monitors said on Thursday ahead of a rebel meeting with the head of the U.N. Children’s Fund. At a meeting in eastern Batticaloa between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the rebels had mooted holding meetings with parents of recruited children and truce monitors to sort out complaints. The rebels are set to meet Carol Bellamy, the executive director of UNICEF, on Friday to discuss the impact of Sri Lanka’s 19-year ethnic war on children. Truce monitors, the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), say they have noted about 600 complaints of child recruitment since March, but estimate that to be about a quarter of the true number of cases. Full Story

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