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Last updated: 14 March, 2006 - Published 16:25 GMT
 
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LTTE accused of more abductions
 
Child soldiers
Three child soldiers have surrendered to the security forces
The security forces in Sri Lanka have accused the Tamil Tigers of continuing the child recruitment despite repeated pledges.

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe accused the Tigers of abducting three children and a youth on Monday in eastern Sri Lanka.

“Three school children, all 14, have been abducted in Valaichchenai and Batticaloa when they were coming home after tuition classes,” he told BBC Sandeshaya.

According to the police, the spokesman said, 25 year old youth has been abducted while he was at home in Batticaloa.

The Tamil Tigers, meanwhile, have accused paramilitaries linked to SLA of abducting Tamil youths.

 The GOSL and the LTTE discussed all issues concerning the welfare of children in the North East, including the recruitment of children
 
Geneva statement

LTTE political wing leader in Batticlao, Daya Mohan, has told media that seven youths were abducted in the district by a group in military fatigue .

Brigadier Samarasinghe said it is too early to conclude whether the abductions were linked to earlier incidents where three child soldiers escaped from the LTTE.

Three child soldiers have surrendered to police in Batticaloa and Sri Lanka Navy in Muttur, last week.

The LTTE pledged to stop child recruitment after the two-day talks with the Sri Lanka government in Geneva.

“The GOSL and the LTTE discussed all issues concerning the welfare of children in the North East, including the recruitment of children,” Geneva statement said.

International truce monitors, Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission (SLMM), is to rule whether the rebels have violated the agreement after fresh allegations.

 
 
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