The COPUOS Committee started its session today with a heated debate between France and the Russian Federation on the topic of possible recommendations that the UN should or should not make to space organizations such IAWN or SMPAG. However, the Delegation of Ukraine spoke up and pointed out the fact that the Russian Federation had been absent during the first day of negotiations and that it should make a priority out of searching for more information before stating facts. Is it possible that the Russian Federation could be missing its credibility?
The arguments take the form of indirect confrontations, with the Russian Federation sending messages to the majority of the Delegates. It seems that this state has a strong interest regarding the following point of the current working paper: “Consider nuclear devices as an ultimate resort for planetary defense against NEOs; they should only be put into action after a unanimous vote by the Security Council”. The Russian Ambassador wishes that the motion shouldn’t pass and is trying as hard as she can to get the other diplomats to be on her side. Isn’t this tactic called manipulation?
Furthermore, the tension is continuously increasing inside the Committee Session Room. The Delegates show their displeasure regarding Russia’s attitude and rumors are flying back and forth that the Russian Federation’s representative secretly plans to transfer to the DISEC Committee.
At the moment, the debate is focusing on the issue of nuclear weapons, with the Delegation of Brazil stressing the question of “Who should use those weapons? Which states are entitled to such power?”.
Nevertheless, before finding an actual answer to the inquiry, Argentina took the floor only to demand a coffee break. Have you been working too hard, Argentina?