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Belgium puts issue of child soldiers on UNSC session

BRUSSELS, On the occasion of the International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers, Belgium Tuesday announced that it is organizing an informal session of the UN Security Council on the important role the United Nations can play in liberating and reintegrating child soldiers into society.

Belgian foreign minister Didier Reynders in a statement today said his country wants to put this issue back on the map, including through testimonies and concrete examples from the Central African Republic.

In the framework of Belgium’s UN Security Council mandate in 2019 and 2020, Belgium chairs the UNSC Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict.

“In the coming months, we will conduct negotiations on tackling children’s rights violations in Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Central African Republic,” he said.

Tens of thousands of children are not only used as combatants today, they are often also abused by their employers. The flagrant abuse and exploitation of children during armed conflicts can be eliminated but requires thorough action and sustained political pressure, said Reynders.

Meanwhile, on the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, and the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, issued a joint statement today to renew the commitment of the EU and the UN to work together to end the recruitment and use of children in conflict situations, and to effectively support the reintegration of children associated with parties to conflict.

Source: Kuwait News Agency