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Wednesday, 26 September, 2001, 14:52 GMT 15:52 UK
Focus on Sri Lanka child fighters
A Catholic priest in Sri Lanka has said that civilians often come to him complaining that the Tamil Tiger rebels are forcing their children to fight in the civil war.

Bishop Swampillai of the rebel-held eastern Batticaloa region, said that amid reports of the exodus of a large number of families from the area fearing forced conscription, he had on Monday led a delegation of human rights and citizens groups to meet a key rebel leader, S Karikalan.

The Bishop said the leader had agreed to give serious consideration to the matter and had given assurances that no one under fifteen years would be recruited.

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