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Burma Seeks Ways To Prevent Recruitment Of Child Soldiers - 2004-01-17


Burma's military government has held a meeting on how to protect children from being recruited as child soldiers in its armed forces.

The meeting on Friday of the Committee for Preventing Recruitment of Child Soldiers came a few days ahead of a debate on children and armed conflict at the United Nations in New York.

Committee Chairman Lieutenant General Thein Sein said the meeting was held to seek ways and means to safeguard the interest of children by protecting them from being recruited for military service.

A recent report by the British-based Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers estimates there are about 70,000 children serving in Burma's armed forces.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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