- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The United Nations has officially embraced the drone.

Unarmed surveillance drones are being deployed over the Democratic Republic of Congo to monitor rebel activity near the borders of Rwanda and Uganda, the BBC reported.

U.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous, who presided over a ceremony for the new era, told the BBC that the drones would be the “tool of choice” for the world body moving forward. The U.N. will use the drones to monitor the activities of armed groups and civilians who are displaced in conflict zones.

“We need to get a better picture of what is happening,” Mr. Ladsous told the BBC.

Congolese Minister of Defense Luba Tambo said the drones will help stem the flow of weapons sent from Rwanda to battalions of foot soldiers to the rebels in Congo, the Associated Press reported.

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