By Anusha Goyal
The UNSC has been deliberating over two very important current affairs and there was a lot of tension in the room especially between P5 and non-P5 countries. The main topic of discussion was pertaining to the Kurdish crisis, where Turkey’s concerns surrounded Syria’s Kurdish and the United States of America’s possible alliance with the Kurdish. Some of the countries in the committee sought it unnecessary to intervene initially due to the problem being contained to Turkey’s concerns. Senegal brought up the need to encourage negotiations between Iraq and the Kurdish about peace-keeping, military involvement and such.
This catalysed the debate in the committee with many countries having different ideas. Russia was particularly concerned with breaching the sovereignty of another country. The United Kingdom posed another stance that considered creating another referendum that will be UN-monitored and kept non-violent but many were against the idea of another referendum.
Later in the committee events escalated as a press release revealed that the French foreign minister publicly condemned Turkey’s policies regarding the Kurdish people and he even asked the other NATO members to follow suit. Many of the members agreed but focused on the negotiation talks between a representative from the Kurdish population and a representative from the Iraqi government that preceded. During the negotiations, the Kurdish representative expressed concern over ISIS and asked Iraq to help them fight this by providing militia but that they should also respect the Kurdish sovereignty.
This promptly led to the Iraqi representative storming out as they will not recognise a ‘fake country’. Although some countries seemed put off by their plan of peaceful negotiations ‘failing’, other countries including Senegal and Sweden were insistent on focusing on humanitarian efforts. The UNSC keeps passing directives and attempting various strategies to combat these problems some proving more effective than others.