Busy day at the SOCHUM Committee. The delegates started with a mock session regarding the situation of supernatural creatures in Bucharest and prepared themselves for discussing more serious issues. Subsequently, the delegates have voted and set the agenda to the first topic – measures to protect world heritage sites in conflict zones.
Following the display of each representante position on the given topic, it became quite clear that the opinions are divided. We have, on one hand, the delegate of the Saudi Arabia delegation which considers that if we want to protect the world heritage sites we must confront the threat looming over them, that of destruction by terrorist groups. Succeeding the affirmation, the theme of the discussion has slightly changed as the delegates began debating ways of stopping the terrorist threat by military force. After a couple of back and forth arguments, the delegation of India rectified the direction of the discussion by affirming that the formulation of military resolutions falls under the authority of the Security Council.
Thereafter, the delegate of India continued by affirming that we must not think about envisioning a way of eradicating conflict as conflict is deeply rooted in the human nature. She proceeded to declare that only by investing in culture and education we can create a sustainable security system for the world heritage sites in conflict zones.
Continuing in a somehow similar manner, the representant of the Iran delegation insisted on on a long term formula and a short term solution. The Iran delegate further stated that a permanent solution is absolutely reachable if we later on work in collaboration with the others UN committees. Nevertheless, a short term solution must be attained now.
The French delegate sustained this ideas and attested on the need to create a risk index mechanism with the purpose of creating awareness of which heritage site is in need of immediate protection.
The Saudi Arabia delegate responded by declaring that the desire to avoid conflict is admirable but we must need to view the situation from a realistic framework. The only way in which a palpable result could be attain is by increasing military action.
The aforementioned arguments compose only the first part of the Committee Session of the day. All things considered we are sure that the delegates will start approaching a common ground and undertake the formation of a common strategy.
By Oana Bălan, SOCHUM Press Officer.