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* Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers forcibly recruited UN staffer, UN says
Monday, March 16, 2009, 13:34 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 16, Colombo: The United Nations today said that the LTTE had forcibly recruited another of its local staff members and three dependents of his, including a 16-year-old girl.

In a statement the UN said that the LTTE had taken these four persons during the weekend from the no-fire zone in north of Mullaitivu, declared by the Sri Lankan armed forces.

"The UN in Sri Lanka has protested to the LTTE that UN national staff, as well as children in general, are protected under national and international law from recruitment by armed groups, and has called for their immediate release," the statement said.

Two weeks ago another UN worker was forcibly recruited by the Tamil Tigers and has not been released, the UN statement added.

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