The United Nations Security Council Working group on Children and Armed Conflict has closed its dossier on Sri Lanka after deciding that children in armed conflict are no longer an issue in the island.
The Working Group had adopted the ‘Draft Conclusions on the situation of children and armed conflict in Sri Lanka’ on the 19th of December 2012, and were convinced that there were no child soldiers in the country.
Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, Dr. Palitha Kohona in the face of this development has stated that another reminder of a sad part of Sri Lanka's recent history was now behind us.
Prior to adopting the Draft Conclusions, the Working Group had considered the report of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict in Sri Lanka, and its recommendations in accordance with Security Council resolutions.
The UN in June this year de-listed Sri Lanka from the United Nations Secretary-General’s ‘List of Shame’ that lists countries where children are involved in armed conflict saying that the island nation “successfully completed Security Council-mandated programs to end the recruitment and use of children.”