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US should stop drone attacks: UN

world Updated: Jun 05, 2010 00:23 IST

A senior United Nations official said that the United States should halt the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) drone campaign against Al Qaeda and Taliban forces in Pakistan, charging that the official secrecy surrounding the strikes violates the legal principal of international accountability.

A report to the UN’s Human Rights Council in Geneva by Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, stopped short of declaring the CIA program illegal.