%headline(Myanmar again vows end to use of child soldiers

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Associated Press

Posted on January 24, 2013 at 10:04 AM

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A government spokesman says Myanmar is committed to resolving the problem of recruiting and using child soldiers. The statement came in response to a new report charging that the practice continues despite a pact with the U.N. to end it.

Deputy Information Minister and presidential spokesman Ye Htut said Thursday that Myanmar's signing of the agreement last June demonstrated the country's commitment and political will to eliminate the problem.

The human rights group Child Soldiers International reported Wednesday that levels of child recruitment have declined, and 42 children had been released from Myanmar's army since the pact, but the practice continues due to a lack of political will to implement safeguards, with a failure to monitor army recruitment.

The London-based group said recruitment patterns appear unchanged from the past decade.

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