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Monday, June 29, 1998 Published at 23:53 GMT 00:53 UK

World: Americas

UN condemns role of children in wars

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned the targeting of children in war, particularly their abduction, sexual abuse, and recruitment as soldiers.

In a statement read after a day-long debate on the plight of children in war, the council demanded an immediate end to the practice of giving children weapons.

Earlier the council heard from the UN Secretary-General's special representative for children in armed conflict, Olara Otunnu that in the past decade, two million children had been killed in wars and twelve million had been made homeless.

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