Somalia adopts plan to end recruitment of child soldiers

Radhika Coomaraswamy speaks to the press in Mogadishu

Top officials of the Somali Transitional Federal Government have agreed to an action plan to end the recruitment and use of children in their armed forces.

Radhika Coomaraswamy, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, secured a commitment from the President and the Prime Minister during her visit to the capital, Mogadishu.

Completion of the plan will allow the United Nations to remove the Somali government from the 'list of shame'.

Every year, the UN lists parties to conflict who recruit and use, kill, maim or commit rape and other forms of violence against children in conflict.

To be removed, the parties must sign and implement action plans to end the grave violation or face the possibility of Security Council sanctions.

Both the TFG and Al Shabaab are listed in the Secretary-General's annual report on children and armed conflict as recruiters and users of child soldiers.

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