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On Children & Conflict, Some on SC Say Stick to Agenda, Cite US Afghan Shooting

By Matthew Russell Lee

UNITED NATIONS, September 18 -- On the eve of the big Children and Armed Conflict session of Germany's presidency of the UN Security Council, some Council members were still questioning the draft resolution to be adopted. This is their story.

  Colombia, which has long resisted the UN engaging with the FARC rebels on this issue and thereby legitimating them, told Inner City Press that the phrase "persistent perpetrators" must be limited to situations on Annex 1 of the report, on the agenda of the Security Council: that is, not Colombia.

  Other opponents point to the March 2012 shooting -- by the U.S. -- in Afghanistan in which of 16 killed, nine were children, and note that the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy, did not speak out against it. The opponents charge double standards.

  NGOs are, not surprisingly, sounding the alarm that for the first time the eight years of the mandate, a resolution might not be unanimous. They might also want to consider the push back from last week when Gerard Araud of France said in closed consultations that he is proud to be able to denigrate religion, as quoted by one of the opponents.

  The way one put it to Inner City Press, with three Asian, perhaps an honorary Asian in Azerbaijan and one of the two Latinos - that would be Colombia, not Guatemala -- do they have enough?

  On the other hand, the CAAC mandate was NOT merged with Sexual Violence and Conflict, as some wanted. Watch this site.

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