Opinion: Tunisia In UNSC Should Not Have Compromised On Peacekeepers

By Buzzfeed News at 1:30 PM 5/30/2020 (PDT)

Tunisia should’ve stayed strong to their country’s belief in no military action.

As debate in UNSC continued, a disagreement over one idea formed. This idea was peacekeepers. As a part of the committee’s resolution to mitigate the conflict in Ukraine, peacekeepers would observe the situation on the ground and use military force if they were threatened. It seemed every country had a different opinion on this idea, and different definitions for what a peacekeeper would do as well.

But it quickly became very clear that,

Tunisia was opposed.

Tunisia was against any military action as a solution, and instead wanted a more neutral resolution with a focus on humanitarian aid. Over the course of multiple speeches this deeply instilled belief was apparent to everyone in the room.

So why was Tunisia suddenly so open to compromise? After returning from an unmoderated caucus, the country seemed more willing to compromise with the other bloc and create a solution with them. It is possible that they realized that a solution that worked for everyone is better, but either way I am disappointed. I think that Tunisia should’ve stuck to their strong belief of no military action for the resolution of this issue. It will be interesting to see what the passed resolution entails. Will it leave Tunisia happy?

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