At the joint session of the Counter-Terrorism Committee and Crisis Committee, we had the great privilege of having as a keynote speaker, Mr Dumitru Valentin, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Representative. Our distinguished speaker provided the participants with a timetable of the main aspects which must be taken into account when addressing the ISIS threat and outlined possible ways of tackling the issue. This included the 2012 Geneva Communique which brought together the Action Group members out of grave alarm at the situation in Syria, the 2014 United Nations-backed international conference, Geneva II Conference on Syria, and the 2254 (2015) Security Council Resolution which endorsed a road map for a peace process in Syria.
Keeping in mind that ISIS has metastasized into something that many predicted , but most prayed would never happen: a nihilistic group of militants that has both a safe haven in an anarchic land and cells in Europe which are able to attack civilian targets , there comes the question “How come ISIS is so successful of recruiting young people?”
Furthermore, the issue of whether or not the United Nations is structured in a manner that allows for it to effectively protect its principles while meeting the challenges emerging from the increasing number of security threats carried out by violent non-state actors was addressed .
Deeply concerned of how terrorism is affecting the current state of affairs, the delegates did not miss the chance of asking the Honorable guest what steps should be taken in order to correctly address the terrorism phenomenon.
In this regard, some of the pointed out solutions were the working together of the trainees troops together with the local forces, addressing the terrorism phenomenon not as a war of civilizations but as a whole, taking into account other means than military to resolve the problem, the idea of forming an inclusive government –one that represents the legitimate interest of all the Syrian people and therefore empowering the Syrian people to decide upon the future of their country.
Last but not least, when asked about the BISMUN simulation and its relevance in today’s changing current affairs, Mr. Dumitru strongly encouraged our activity and reiterated its utmost importance by comparing it with the real Summits of world leaders. Therefore, in our quality of young and implicated people, we should try to make a difference from the various positions we occupy, not only from the diplomacy field. And BISMUN is, according to Mr Dumitru, the perfect place to do that. That is because the conference offers the youth the great opportunity to debate and come up with solutions regarding the most important problem facing the world, terrorism.
By Andreea Turcu, Florina Crîngea and Victor Păun