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South Sudan warring parties vow to end use of children in armed conflict

Friday 22nd of February 2019 | Africa, South Sudan
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South Sudan's warring parties on Thursday promised to release children involved in combat as part of commitment to the proposed comprehensive action plan to prevent grave violations against minors.

Kuol Manyang Juuk, the minister of defense, said the South Sudan People's Defense Forces (SSPDF) will undertake screening exercise aimed at releasing children from the army.

"We are going to work together as South Sudanese and with support of UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on formation of new national army which does not violate rights of children," Juuk told journalists in Juba.

"From now onwards we shall respect the rights of children, enlighten our soldiers and civilian population on recruitment into armed forces," he added.

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