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Myanmar frees 91 child soldiers from armed forces: UN

Published on Aug 1, 2014 7:11 PM

YANGON (AFP) - Myanmar's army has freed 91 children and young people from its armed forces, the United Nations said on Friday, in the country's latest move towards ending the use of child soldiers.

The reformist government of the formerly junta-run nation committed to ending the recruitment and use of children in its "tatmadaw" army in a June 2012 pact with the UN.

A total of 364 children and young people have been released since then as the military has slowed - but not yet completely halted - its use of children.

The release was "an important step in ending the recruitment and use of children in the Myanmar Armed Forces", the UN said in a statement.

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