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Armed conflicts have deep negative effects on children - Amb. Al-Otaibi
August 3, 2016, 9:26 am

The State of Kuwait is deeply concerned over the negative effects of armed conflicts on children, said a Kuwaiti diplomat Wednesday. Speaking to a UNSC meeting on children and armed conflicts, Kuwaiti permanent delegate to the UN headquarters in New York Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said that children should not be subjugated to torture, sexual abuse, mass abduction, and acts aimed at recruiting them as tools of war.

The international community should stop the maltreatment of children during wars and armed conflicts, said the Kuwaiti diplomat. Highlighting the plight of Palestinian children, Ambassador Al-Otaibi said that young Palestinians are continuously suffering under the Israeli occupation which robbed them from the very essence what makes children innocent.

He stressed that the international community has an obligation to end the suffering of Palestinian children, saying that what Israel was doing is against all international laws and norms.

On Kuwait's efforts to protect Palestinian children, the Kuwaiti diplomat affirmed that His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah called for an international conference on the matter during his participation in the 27th Arab League summit held in Nouakchott, Mauritania last month, said the diplomat.

Meanwhile, Ambassador Al-Otaibi touched on the Yemeni conflict, saying that his country was pleased to know that the UN had lifted the name of the armed coalition supporting the Yemeni government from the list of abusers of children during the times of war.

He said that the coalition offered the UN to visit its headquarters in Riyadh to view measures aimed at protecting civilians and children during operations carried out by its troops.

He affirmed that the coalition was operating within the boundaries of UNSC resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative.

On the Syrian conflict, Ambassador Al-Otaibi said that the ongoing crisis had resulted in the death of 250,000 with some 20,000 being children.

Despite the continuous international efforts to ease the pain of the Syrian people in addition to three donors conference for Syria in Kuwait and one in London, children are still victims of vicious acts perpetrated by different factions, said the diplomat.

Armed conflicts affects all sectors of society; however, children are the most susceptible to such acts, said the Ambassador who concluded his speech with a plea to protect youngsters around the globe from war and violence. 

Source: KUNA

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