The Friday session in the Security Council started in a relaxed manner. Only twelve delegates out of eighteen were present at the beginning at the session with countries like Jordan, France or USA being absent for a while. The first motion, that was proposed by New Zealand for a moderated caucus to discuss about the peacekeeping operations in Palestine passed. „Let’s find first a peaceful solution and after try to keep the piece”-stated Russian Federation, their proposal being largely agreed by Turkey. The delegate of Palestine stated that the peace-building arrangements should be done with the assistance of the United Nations.
After about half an hour, all the missing delegates arrived except of Jordan. This time, China proposed a negotiation regarding the administration of Jerusalem. They also proposed that this historical city should be the capital of both Palestine and Israel, but as a corpus separatum. This was the moment when the discussions became tensioned because Palestine requested that East Jerusalem should be their own capital. The position of China in this caucus was interesting, especially because they were offering themselves to protect Jerusalem from any violent actions. How can be a divided capital safe enough? The time was running out, and delegates were forced to find a fast way to achieve their goals. After a tough round of negotiations, the delegates managed finally to make some soft alliances. After the unmoderated caucus, it became clear that the USA supports the unification of the two sides in a whole. USA was trying to impose that the NATO troops should be deployed in order to protect both sides of the city of Jerusalem. All these did not end up when the session was closed, and we hope that today the delegates will realize the importance of this diplomatic issue, and find a feasible solution for it. Is it the USA able to get what it wants, or the alliance that Palestine made will reach its goals ? Nobody knows what we are going to face in the forthcoming sessions of debate.
by Emoke Peter,