The monitoring mission spokesperson Helen Olafsdottir yesterday said that the mission and the LTTE sharply differ on child recruitment.
Acknowledging that child recruitment was a contentious issue, she said that the mission acts promptly on complaints received from parents and relatives of missing children. `We ask for information and sometimes they don`t cooperate,` she said adding that the `LTTE does not share our view on this issue.`
Fielding questions, she said that the LTTE always denies the charge claiming that orphaned children are accommodated in welfare centres run by them. The LTTE also says that these children aren`t trained for combat.
`Of course we aren`t satisfied with their response,` she said. Inquiries conducted in Trincomalee revealed that a large number of missing children have returned to their families. According to her, the mission works closely with the UNICEF to tackle the problem.