Progress in UNICEF - LTTE
Action Plan for war affected children
4, 2003 - 11.45 GMT]
The United Nations
Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
have made progress in the development of an Action Plan for children
affected by war in the North East including children involved in child
labour, civilian or military.
At a meeting held in
Kilinochchi today, between S.P. Tamilselvan of the LTTE and Ted Chaiban of
UNICEF, it was decided that the LTTE would share a draft Action Plan with
UNICEF March 10.
It was further agreed
that a Working Group of the LTTE, the Tamils Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO)
and UNICEF will meet on March 14 and 15 to review the technical and
operational aspects of the draft Action Plan.
A Planning Workshop will
be held at the end of March 2003. This workshop will help finalise the
Action Plan and will include representatives from the Government, the LTTE,
TRO, UNICEF and other international agencies. This will be followed by
district level workshops to aid implementation of the Action Plan in each
Training in Child Rights
for members of the LTTE and Heads of district political sections will take
place during the second week of April.
“Our commitment to all
children affected by war and not to recruit children has been firm and
remains firm. The LTTE has informed all military commanders and Heads of
Political Sections, in writing, regarding the policy not to recruit children
under 18 years of age,” said Tamilselvan.
“The LTTE has sent back
to their families over 350 children and are committed to find solutions for
all children who are not with their families,” he added.
The meeting ended on a
positive note with Ted Chaiban stating, “I am encouraged by the positive
decisions reached at this meeting. This is a very important step forward for
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Date: March 4, 2003 - 11.45