Chairpersons: HASAN RAHMAN and DIMITRA MARKOPOULOU
Keynote speaker: SORIN MIHAIL TĂNĂSESCU
One of the most important and the most strategic committee was convened today at the BISMUN Conference – the Security Council. With a vast tradition and no introduction required, the propaedeutics of the forward events, was marked by the speech of our esteemed key-note speaker, mister Sorin Mihail Tănăsescu, diplomat of the UN from the delegation of Romania, which held an exhaustive expose on the Syrian crisis. The main dimensions of the problem identified by mister Tănăsescu were the inhomogeneous factions fighting in the area and non-unitary coalitions interfering in the unreal but also the struggle of some group involved to dismiss the actual government, which in his acceptation it is legitimized by an extensive part of population. Therewith, he identified the necessity of understanding that supporting the UN procedural mechanism as primarily solution in solving the Syrian crisis and reaching general consensus.
The meeting was interrupted by a shocking event, an unfortunate one, where a special committee assembly was imperative, in order to legitimize and invest in the Crisis Committee, constituted around a tragically event, the assassination of Her Excellency, the Syrian Ambassador to the UN. After the voting procedure, the Crisis Committee was established and rumors circulate that the vote was unanimously on this.
Subsequently, Chairs have briefed the delegates about the Rules of Procedure. During the mock session, the first topic which was debated was around smoking and not smoking dichotomy and was voted with a normal, but still pretty tight majority of 9 out of 17 ‘for’ and 8 out of 17 ‘against’. The topic was taboo and raised several reactions. Fact to be mentioned: the first mock session wasn’t clashes-free, the classical discursive emulation between Ukraine and Russian Federation where the Ukrainian delegate threw the ‘you are a dictatorial regime’ card. Ukraine also classified the statement given by Uruguay’s delegate statement as hypocritical, considering the legalization of marijuana. As a reply, the delegate from Uruguay stated that Ukraine is in a logical fallacy, emphasizing that the debate was on a specific tobacco-smoking subject. The second mock session was close to the first one, focusing on protecting the non-smokers by a policy where smoking in public places should be banned.
Last but not least, the most subject-related mock session, adopted unanimously, with not a single objection, was on the crisis in Syria and the terrorist problems in the Middle East. It is futile to mention the interest of the participants for this specific topic. From all participant’s discourses, countries including Saudi Arabia and Syria have been noted especially. Saudi Arabia tried to emotionally anchor the other delegates using Stalin’s quote: ‘The death of one man: that is a catastrophe. One hundred thousand deaths: that is a statistic’, while Syria tried to explain the attack in Brussels, in a deterministic paradigm where feeding the chaos by supporting the factions which are fighting in the unreal can generate throwbacks.
We are expecting a serious, grounded session where absolutely anything can happen. So, follow us through the next posts to find out what the fate of mankind will be!
Security Council Press Officer