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UN Security Council Split Over Children And Armed Conflict

The UN Security Council has backed the naming and shaming of governments and armed groups that recruit, kill, or sexually attack children in armed conflicts.

Eleven members of the Security Council voted in favor of the resolution, which called for continued annual reports by the UN secretary-general identifying countries and groups that victimize youngsters.

It calls on member states to bring those responsible for such violations to justice.

China, Russia, Pakistan, and Azerbaijan abstained from the vote, arguing the issue was beyond the scope of Security Council's mandate.

The UN's latest report on children and armed conflict said children in Pakistan were being used by armed groups allied to Islamist extremists to carry out suicide attacks and were themselves victims of attacks.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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