27 Sep '11, 2am

UN child soldier accord gets 100th country support: The new endorsements and support for action on child soldier...

UN child soldier accord gets 100th country support: The new endorsements and support for action on child soldier...

UNITED NATIONS: One hundred countries have now signed up to an international accord vowing to stop children from being forced to fight in armies, officials told a UN meeting Monday. With hundreds of thousands of children said to be involved in armies and militia groups around the world, the five extra signatories for the Paris Commitments over the past week have been hailed as a landmark for the declaration. Angola, Armenia, Bosnia, Costa Rica and San Marino signed up during the UN General Assembly, diplomats at a Monday meeting on the accord said. The new endorsements and support for action on child soldiers "show that the international community is mobilized to stop this unbearable phenomenon," said Francois Zimeray, France's ambassador for Human Rights. "The time for warnings has come to an end. We have to take into account what is working and what is not. It's high tim...

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