The State of Kuwait on Wednesday highlighted the need to protect children against manipulation in armed conflicts.
Delivering her country's statement to a UN Security Council meeting, Kuwait diplomatic attache Sara Al-Zoman appreciated the efforts of the international community to better support children once they have been separated from armed forces and armed groups.
The Arria-Formula Meeting on "Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups," focused on how bridging the "humanitarian-development-peace" (HDP) nexus can lead to more sustainable and successful reintegration of children associated with armed forces and armed groups.
Al-Zoman said the year 2018 saw 13,600 former child soldiers quitting armed groups, which constitutes a remarkable achievement in the joint efforts of the UN member states and civil society organizations.
"The separation of children from armed groups should be viewed as only a first step which should be followed by their reintegration into their respective communities," she reminded.
The recruitment of children in armed groups constitutes a big crime which could put them liable to further violations, Al-Zoman said.