The third day of the conference found the participants tired after the social event. However, they have shown enthusiasm about future discussions, with the delegate of India making quite an impression with her traditional sari.
The session started with a moderated caucus with the purpose of discussing a Working Paper introduced by the Netherlands over the possible solutions concerning the conflict between India and Pakistan. Many interesting points were raised, with lots of debating around every point of the document. Some delegates stated that they will not agree to support it in its presented form. Additionally, the delegate of Jordan pointed out that it obviously favors India and it is against all international political principles.
The discussion came to a standstill due to the delegate of Pakistan’s late arrival, whose presence was vital considering the country’s direct interest in the matter. Some voices considered this an obvious refusal of any peace treaty.
When the Pakistani delegate had arrived, the talks were extremely heated around one of the Working Paper’s points, which called upon the two main actors to respect the rights of the Muslim majority within the region of Kashmir through the granting of local autonomy.
All the representatives agreed that a face-to-face discussion between India and Pakistan was needed in order to come to a truce, and in this sense, an unmoderated caucus was introduced. The atmosphere was tense, with both delegates wishing to impose their point of view in a private discussion. Each of them had a different perspective over the correct approach for achieving peace.Indiaadmitted that the present agreement favored them, but at the same time wanted to go back to the old lines of control. Pakistan admitted that none of them respected the initial agreement, but insisted that India should take responsibility for initiating the war.
Overall the general opinion was that the best way to solve the conflict is to respect people’s right to self-determination and organize a democratic referendum that would reflect Kashmir people’s wish. However, we’ll keep an eye on the further discussions in this committee.