What I love about this committee is that its small and cozy. They don’t have a million different opinions. Maybe one delegate stands out, but at least they can get on the same page, or not…? I’m just kidding, this committee fell into a deep, uh, pile of mess. While trying to solve the situation in Yemen, which got even more complicated because of the issues that happened in real life Yemen since Friday night, the delegates spent their long Saturday of unmoderated caucuses not agreeing on anything. They debated every single small point but got nowhere. They were still working on the working paper. Honestly, why try? The current events caused chaos to this council and no one had a clue on what to do.
Except the delegate of China. He was happy. He thought it was helping the debate. The delegate of China was actually pretty active. Delegates believe he is trying to be a dictator. Calm it, china! He accused the delegates of USA, UK, France and Japan of having a big plan of a military intervention. Cool. Rumours were getting around about a possible Bromance between the delegates of the UK and France. Care to confirm? The delegates have worked on two working papers and there is a chance to merge them in their next session. On the upside is that one of them is short and should get the council to close the topic. Unless China vetoes again.
In order to involve the Houthi movement in peace talks, they must be disarmed. The Security Council had started to develop a working paper. The Delegate of Italy made her point clear, again, and said that if the Houthis are disarmed, they need to be allowed to participate. Otherwise they’ll get angry and no one likes angry. France stated that the Houthis are a part of the conflict, thus they need to be involved in the table of negotiations to reach peace but definitely not in the political meets.
During an unmoderated caucus the council broke into two groups but had a common opinion of the points to be reached in terms of the Houthi involvement. The terms are as stated: There must be a cease fire During the cease fire, peace talks must take place, and The Houthis should gradually be disarmed And get a political party and resocialization Nothing has yet been decided but it was a very productive morning. Unfortunately the Delegate of Ethiopia couldn’t be a part of this, as it is believed that he is hung over from the night before…
The session on November 30th kicked off with the decision on the first topic of discussion which is about the situation in Yemen.
The question about the humanitarian aid was addressed by the delegates. The delegate of china stated that Yemen is in need of three things: food and water, safety, and most importantly PEACE. As the Sanaa and Hodeida Airports are the gates to humanitarian aid, a strategy would be to have the Houthis give up their control of the gates. This had a lot of delegates nodding.
A motion was set by the Delegate of Kazakhstan to discuss if the Houthi movement should be involved in the table of negotiation. That fired up the delegates and notes were starting to fly around. Obviously, he was misunderstood. I my self had to contain myself during the first session to ask him, if he can elaborate, because everyone was against him.
“I’m starting to feel like I am becoming the enemy of the council.”- Delegate of Kazakhstan.
To a point you were.
So, I asked the fellow delegate what he actually meant. He said he didn’t mean that one of the actual Houthis should be involved, however, he meant someone, who is very trust worthy, from the UN that can relate to the Houthi occupied regions and represent without having an actual strong personal opinion. Though the question here is, WHO?
Most of the delegates agree, that the negotiation table needs to include all parties but emphasize that they do not support the Houthi movement nor any terrorist group. But in order to reach a certain goal, said the delegate of the United Kingdom, there must be a cease fire and disarmament first.
Lastly, as the delegate of Japan said, only with peace can peace be achieved. What will it be?
Stay tuned in the next article!