After a not so intense first day during the committee work, the delegates from the North Atlantic Council have had an interesting and productive debates today.
The main topic debated yesterday was about the Berlin Plus Agreement which represents a short package of agreements between NATO and the European Union that was signed in December 2002. Interesting and well supported arguments were thrown in the middle of the debate by theUnited Kingdomrepresentative and theUnited States of America’s as well. Another very important aspect of yesterday’s debate was about the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) and which are the best ways to improve cooperation regarding the crisis management.
Even if the topics discussed yesterday were very interesting and could lead to a constructive debate, some of the delegates were simply off topic in many aspects, and that was why one of the chairpersons, Nikolaos Tsikolitis went almost crazy by trying to explain to the delegates why are they here, and the most important thing, what were they supposed to talk about. We strongly believe that this was just an error from the delegates and is not going to happen anymore, otherwise we don’t know what Nikolaos is capable of next time… .
The highlight of the day was represented by the emergence of the crisis in the North Atlantic Council. The delegates were debating about crisis management collaboration when suddenly they received a crisis that broke out in the Eastern part of Europe. At first, it appeared that Russiaoccupied Crimea, it engaged in an armed conflict in the Donetskarea and furthermore, the Ukrainian general was kidnapped by a paramilitary group called the DonetskRepublic. Reactions from the delegates followed soon after, the United Statesvoted for the setting of the topic to the Crimean crisis, Turkeybeing the country that was against motivating that “Ukraineis neither in the European Union or NATO, so the subject shouldn’t be of our concern”.
In the end, the majority voted for Crimean crisis debate. After that, the delegates were taken by surprise with new information that surfaced. It appeared that the Russian delegate had connections with Andrei Pirjin, the DonetskRepublicleader. Furthermore, a video leaked by the Russian Secret Service showed that the armed conflict was staged by the United States. Along with the new information, there came the Russian and United Statesambassadors which both denied the information that was presented to the delegates. The U.S.ambassador declared that “the video was severely edited and this was propaganda from the Russian media to influence the international opinion”. Russia also denied that it had connections with theDonetsk faction, stating that the picture was a fake and the reason that it occupiedCrimea was because of the one million Russians that lived there and had their rights surprised. Both the leaked information and the ambassadors points of view shacked the NATO delegates. For decisions and actions we will have to wait another day to find out so stay tuned!
Article by Alexandru-Mihail Tănase and Andrei-Mihail Cojocaru