SOUTH SUDAN - Government renews commitment against using child soldiers

During a ceremony at the headquarters of the SPLA (Sudan People Liberation Army) in Juba, the Government of South Sudan has formally renewed its commitment to the Action Plan signed in 2012 with the United Nations to end conscription and use of children in government armed forces and other grave violations against children.


''The kids are not part of our commitment to armed groups and I personally undertake on behalf of the Government, to implement fully the provisions of the Plan of Action 'said Koul Manyang Juuk, Minister of Defence and Veterans of South Sudan.


Today’s agreement (June 25, 2014) - reads a note of Unicef – it refers to the measures of the 2012 Plan of Action and includes: the release of all the children associated with government security forces, including services for their reunification and reintegration with their families; inquiries of grave violations against children to identify the responsible.


''I am very pleased that the Government of South Sudan has renewed its commitment to the Plan of Action, an important first step for children's rights in the country to prevent the loss of another generation ''said Toby Lanzer, Special Representative Deputy of the General-Secretary of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, which has signed the agreement on behalf of the United Nations.


Leila Zerrougi, Special Representative of the General-Secretary for Children and Armed Conflict, and Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan, attended the event.