Countries commit to end child soldiers in Paris talks

6th February 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 6, 2007 (AFP) - Fifty-eight countries agreed on Tuesday for the first time to take steps to prevent children from being recruited as soldiers in conflicts, French officials said.

PARIS, Feb 6, 2007 (AFP) - Fifty-eight countries agreed on Tuesday for the first time to take steps to prevent children from being recruited as soldiers in conflicts, French officials said.

"For the first time countries are solemnly committing to apply and respect these principles to combat the recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts," a foreign ministry official said at the end of a two-day conference in Paris.

Among signatories to the Paris Principles are 10 of the 12 countries where the United Nations says there are child soldiers, including Sudan, Chad, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The other two -- Myanmar and the Philippines -- did not take part in the conference.

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