by Michael Anders
BERLIN, Oct 18 (AFP) - A campaign
to raise the age of enrolment into Europe's armed forces to 18 was launched
by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) Monday with the backing of the
The campaign, which seeks to strengthen
a UN protocol against "child soldiers", received unequivocal
support from Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer at the opening of a three-day
conference in Berlin.
The present UN Convention on the Rights
of the Child defines persons up to the age of 15 as children in this regard.
The Berlin conference coincides with