Tuesday, August 13, 2013

UN Secy Gen Ban Ki Moon Expresses concern over the killing and maiming of civilians by US Armed Drones

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon who is in Pakistan to deliver a lecture to the students of the National Defence College has very categorically condemned the drone attacks that kill civilians more than the intended targets as collateral damage. He expressed concern over the killing and maiming of people.

He said that the pilotless aircraft should be used only for gathering intelligence. 

In his address he said:

As I have often and consistently said, the use of armed drones like any other weapon should be subject to long-standing international law, including international humanitarian law. This is a very clear position of the United Nations.

Every effort should be made to avoid mistakes and civilian casualties. Britain's Bureau of Investigative Journalism says the US has carried out nearly 400 drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004, killing up to 3,500 people, including hundreds of civilians.

His remarks are likely to strengthen Pakistan's lobbying to force the US to curtail drone attacks in its tribal belt bordering Afghanistan. 

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