Towards a global regime on drones4 min read . Updated: 20 Oct 2016, 06:00 AM IST
As this regime is put into place, India's voice should be a determining one, not one that is marginal and out there in the wilderness
A global regime to manage the use of drones is slowly being put into place. The US, along with 40 other states, issued a declaration a couple of weeks ago outlining the principles which in their view should govern the export and use of armed drones to ensure they do not cause instability or help terrorism and organized crime. This declaration to establish a set of standards for the use and sale of armed and unarmed drones has set the stage for a meeting next year to hammer out details. While many of the allies of the US, such as Britain, Germany and Australia, signed the declaration, other states, such as France, Russia, Brazil and China, did not. This makes it certain that next year’s meeting will find it very difficult to achieve a consensus which will be needed to set up a global regime.