Nepal: Child Soldiers

Taken Question
Ian Kelly
Department Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 14, 2009

Question: What is U.S. response to Nepal’s reported recruitment of minors in the army? Reports say 3,000 under aged children have been recruited already and that the UN Secretary-General could possibly send a representative to Nepal to look into this issue.


Answer: We are concerned about the lack of progress in the discharge of approximately 4,000 disqualified personnel, including minors, from the United Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist cantonments in Nepal.


The successful discharge of these disqualified personnel – and their rehabilitation and reintegration into Nepali society – is a critical step in moving forward in Nepal’s peace process. We call on all parties in Nepal to build consensus on this issue.

PRN: 2009/1272