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Colombia rebels vow to stop recruiting youths under 17

Colombia's main rebel group vows to stop recruiting youths under age 17

Colombia rebels vow to stop recruiting youths under 17

HAVANA (AP) -- Colombia's main rebel group says it will no longer recruit guerrillas younger than 17 years old.

Rebel spokesman Ivan Marquez made the statement Thursday in Havana, where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is holding peace talks with Colombia's government.

Marquez says that until now, the rebels have recruited people as young as 15. It's a practice that has drawn widespread criticism.

Government representative Humberto de la Calle said the decision was "a step in the right direction," though he said the age limit should be higher.


Updated : 2021-09-20 05:19 GMT+08:00