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UN Urges Nepal's Maoists To Release 'Child Soldiers' From Service

The United Nations on Tuesday urged Nepal's Maoists to release some 3,000 of its under-aged fighters, who were recruited during their decade-long campaign against the monarchy, from its ranks.

Radhika Coomaraswamy, special representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, appealed to the Maoist-led government of Nepal to release the under-aged fighters, who are currently housed along with other fighters in U.N. monitored camps in Nepal. He said that UN agencies should be provided access to the child soldiers to ensure their "recovery and reintegration".

However, the Maoists say that they cannot abandon the children as they fought along side the other fighters in the group's fight against the country's monarchy. The Maoists want the Nepalese army to absorb all of its fighters, but the army has been reluctant to recruit them as they are politically indoctrinated.

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