Somalia Signs Action Plan on Killing and Maiming of Children in Armed Conflict

The Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia today on 6 August 2012 signed an action plan on killing and maiming of children in armed conflict. This is the second concrete step taken by the TFG with regards to the protection of children after the signing of an action plan on the recruitment and use of children on 3 July 2012 during the International Contact Group meeting in Rome. This second action plan was signed in Mogadishu by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Hussein Arab Isse, on behalf of the TFG, and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, Peter de Clercq, on behalf of the United Nations.

The action plan responds to the UN Security Council’s call in Resolution 1882 (2009) for concrete and time-bound action plans to halt and prevent the killing and maiming of children by parties listed in the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict. The action plan commits the Somali National Armed Forces, allied militia and military groups under its control to ending the killing and maiming of children in contravention of international law. The TFG has been listed by the Secretary-General for recruitment and use of children since 2007 and for killing and maiming of children since 2010.

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