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Wednesday, February 24, 1999 Published at 16:51 GMT

World: Africa

UN concerned over child soldiers

A senior United Nations official, Olaru Otunnu, has appealed to Rwanda not to recruit child soldiers into its army.

Mr Otunnu, who's the Secretary General's special representative for children and armed conflict, said he was concerned by the number of children serving as soldiers across the Great Lakes region.

Mr Otunnu was speaking at the end of a visit to the Rwandan capital, Kigali. He's due to travel on to Burundi and Sudan. The UN estimates there are some three-hundred-thousand child soldiers around the world, many of them in Africa.

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