Statement By Special Representative For Children And Armed Conflict On The Children Killed In Afghanistan

Statement By Special Representative For Children And Armed Conflict On The Children Killed In Afghanistan

2011-03-03T00:00:00+00:00 Thursday, 3 March 2011|

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PRESS RELEASE

Statement by Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict on the children killed in Afghanistan

New York, 3 March – “Children killed in Afghanistan by air strikes is a cause of serious concern,” said Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy.

Early last year, the international forces introduced technical directives aimed to better protect civilians during air strikes. This had resulted in a significant decrease in the number of children killed by pro-government forces in 2010.

While welcoming General Petraeus’ apology for the most recent incident and his commitment to investigate, SRSG Coomaraswamy urged a thorough review of procedures to ensure that all necessary precautions are taken to prevent children from becoming casualties in the complex and volatile situation in Afghanistan.

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For further information, please contact:

Timothy La Rose

Communications Officer

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

+1 917 346 3404

larose@un.org

Muriel Gschwend

Associate Communications Officer

Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

+917 367 35 62

gschwend@un.org

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