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Myanmar peace agreement – UNICEF Statement

NEW YORK, 31 March 2015 – “The successful conclusion of a National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) between the Government of Myanmar and representatives of 16 ethnic armed groups is welcome news for children in Myanmar, who have suffered from some of the longest-running civil conflicts in the world.

“The lives of millions of children in Myanmar have been affected by these conflicts, which have disrupted the delivery of basic services such as immunization and education, undermined children’s physical and emotional wellbeing, and increased the risk of trafficking as well as the recruitment and use of children by armed forces. 

“The National Ceasefire Agreement could be the dawn of a new time of progress for the most disadvantaged children in Myanmar. For example, Myanmar’s children can experience quality education in their own ethnic languages, and be spared the damage to their childhoods caused by recruitment and use of children in armed forces.

“UNICEF will work with all parties to build on this opportunity for every child in Myanmar.”


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For more information contact:
Christopher de Bono, UNICEF Bangkok, cdebono@unicef.org +66 84 427 743 or +66 86 371-7012
Melanie Sharpe, UNICEF New York, msharpe@unicef.org +1 917-251-7670





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