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Rebels enlisting child soldiers

Colombo, Jan. 7 (Reuters): Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers are still recruiting child soldiers despite months of peace talks and past promises to stop the practice, aid workers and truce monitors said today.

Monitors overseeing a Norwegian-brokered truce in place since February said they received daily complaints from parents who said their children, some as young as 12, had been snatched to serve the rebel army.

“There is no desire on anyone’s part to sweep these things under the carpet... certainly it was referred to among other matters,” the government’s chief negotiator G.L. Peiris said.

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