Wednesday, February 13, 2008

UNSC warns of firmer action on child soldiers

In a report last month, Ban listed 58 parties to armed conflict in 13 countries — mainly in Africa and Asia — that sent children into battle. They included government armies in Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, Somalia and Sudan as well as rebel factions.

The Security Council should consider penalizing those responsible by banning arms and military aid and slapping travel and financial restrictions on them, Ban said.

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