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UN Representative welcomes situation for former child soldiers

Sep 23, 2010 5:51:40 AM - itnnews.lk

Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Under-Secretary General and Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children & Armed Conflict has said that she is impressed with the current situation regarding children who had been forcibly drawn into the armed conflict by the LTTE.

She made this observation during bi-lateral discussions with President Rajapaksa at the United Nations in New York. She expressed satisfaction at the steps being taken to rehabilitate and provide both education and training to the children who had been caught in the conflict. She pointed out that whatever reports were published by the Western media, the rehabilitation of children in Sri Lanka was highly satisfactory when compared to other countries embroiled in conflict.

President Rajapaksa outlined to Dr. Coomaraswamy the steps being taken by the government to provide good education, skills training and other facilities to children who had been denied their childhood by the LTTE, and said that both parents and children of the affected families were highly appreciative of the initiatives taken by the Government in this regard.