The head of the United Nations said Tuesday during a visit to Pakistan that drone strikes must comply with international law, touching on an issue that has created friction between Islamabad and Washington.
Ban Ki-moon did not specifically mention whether or not he thought U.S. strikes in Pakistan were in compliance. But a U.N. official investigating the impact of drones, Ben Emmerson, said in March that the attacks contravene international law because they violate Pakistan’s sovereignty.
“As I have often and consistently said, the use of armed drones, like any other weapon, should be subject to long-standing rules of international law, including international humanitarian law,” Ban said at a university in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. “Every effort should be made to avoid mistakes and civilian casualties.”
Can we send the United Nations to a vast wasteland where it will just disappear? Perhaps the Clinton marital bed…