In the first day of the Counter Terrorism Committee, the delegates didn’t hesitate to promote the national agenda of their respective countries. In the majority of cases they were prompt and provided solid arguments regarding the first topic.
The delegate of the United States of America compared terrorism with the “Hydra”, the mythical Greek creature. He said that for each “head” chopped off, another one will take its place. The same idea was wrapped in a different way by the delegation of Japan by stating that although measures against terrorism are pushed from all directions, ISIS manages to retaliate every time.
During the debates, two camps emerged at the end of the day.
The first one had a firm approach, such as the delegation of France suggested, by choosing to promote direct military intervention in Syria. His statement was seconded by several other countries, which also criticized the current Syrian administration.
On the other hand, states such as Malaysia and China were highly critical of the more aggressive stance of the other group. China suggested discontinuing the air strikes conducted on the Syrian territory. The African Union also tried to convince the other delegations to find peaceful solutions, and have peaceful elections.
There were also numerous discussions raised up by a couple of countries regarding the definition of terrorism and the point of having one that is accepted by all the participating states.
At the end of the day, the delegates were productive, and they established a good layout for the following days.
By Florina Crîngea and Victor Păun
CTC Press Officers