UNICEF welcomes release of 24 children from Myanmar armed forcesListen /
The UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) has welcomed the release of 24 children from the armed forces in Myanmar.
The agency says this is part of a commitment made by the country's government to end the recruitment and use of children under 18 years old in the armed forces, known as the Tatmadaw.
The children were officially discharged during a ceremony held on Monday in the city of Yangon which was attended by senior government officials and the UNICEF representative in the country.
UNICEF reports that Myanmar is among 14 countries who are working with the UN to end grave violations against children in situations of armed conflict.
It expects many more children will be released from the Tatmadaw in line with an action plan signed in June 2012.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.