Tuesday, April 29, 2008

LTTE used youth as `cannon fodder`: Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka has slammed the LTTE on the question of recruiting child soldiers, saying the rebel group had used the nation's youth as "pawns and cannon fodder" in its "brutal operations" against the state.

"Sri Lanka has, for the past three decades, been faced with a threat by the most brutal terrorist organisation in the world -- a terror outfit that does not hesitate to use our youth as pawns and cannon fodder in its brutal operations to attack the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country", Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

The President, who was addressing the seventh meeting of the Commonwealth Youth Ministers here yesterday, said the government realised the danger warfare posed to children and youth.

the Lasting consequences of the brain-washing of child soldiers is such that even in adult life, many of them remain committed to violence and terror, he said.

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