The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Ms. Leila Zerrougui is disturbed by recent reports of child recruitment by armed groups which form part of the Seleka rebel alliance, including the Convention des patriotes pour la justice et la paix (CPJP) and the Union des forces démocratiques pour le rassemblement (UFDR), in Bria, Hautte-Kotto prefecture.
In her briefing to the Security Council Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict last Friday, she welcomed the recent peace agreements signed between the Government, the Seleka coalition, politico-military groups and opposition parties in Libreville, but alerted the United Nations body of the ongoing recruitment and use of children.
“The reports of child recruitment are a flagrant violation of commitments made by the CPJP and UFDR and must stop now,” Ms. Zerrougui said. The CPJP signed in November 2011 an action plan to end the recruitment and use of children with the United Nations, in line with Security Council Resolution 1612 (2005). For its part, the UFDR had committed to releasing children in its ranks to the United Nations in 2007 and 2011.
These reports follow a separate breach of the CPJP Action Plan, when the armed group refused to release two girls in their ranks in an incident in Aigbando on 7 December 2012.
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