45 countries signed a joint declaration for the export and subsequent use of armed or strike-enabled unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVS).
The joint declaration will establish a set of rules for the sale, transfer and subsequent use of military UAVs. The declaration reflects a logical next step in this process by, Establishing broad international consensus that, as with other weapon systems, the use of armed or strike-enabled UAVs is subject to international law, including both the law of armed conflict and international human rights law, as applicable, US State department said in a statement Wednesday.
The states also agree on committing to the responsible export of armed or strike-enabled UAVs in line with existing relevant international arms control and disarmament norms, as well as consistent with multilateral export control and non-proliferation regimes.
According to the declaration, the states acknowledge the benefits of transparency on the export of armed or strike-enabled UAVs including reporting of military exports through existing mechanisms wherever appropriate was also agreed.
This Joint Declaration will serve as the basis for discussions on a more detailed set of international standards for the export and subsequent use of armed or strike-enabled UAVs, which the United States and its partners will convene in Spring 2017. These discussions will be open to all countries, even if they choose not to join the Joint Declaration.
The governments of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malawi, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, and Uruguay signed the declaration.