UNSC Working on Draft Resolution with Potential Backup

By The Jakarta Post at 11:18 AM 5/31/2020 (PDT)

The United Nations Security Council, comprising 5 permanent members and 10 temporary members. The permanent member countries, China, the USA, the UK, the Russian Federation, and France. They have the power to veto a resolution, meaning the stakes may be higher than a committee in which every nation has equal power.

In UNSC’s first committee session on May 31, they are discussing Topic B, The Conflict in Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine have been at odds since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea. Russia has since been accused of supporting separatists and stoking the fire.

The discussion was kicked off with a moderated caucus during which many delegates criticized China heavily. Certain delegates have expressed concern that China has missed a large part of the committee. China is adamant that sovereignty is

A draft resolution sponsored by Estonia, France, Russian Federation, United States, and Viet Nam calls for a new referendum, actions taken by UN Peacekeeping, and urges semi-autonomous regions to work together in an attempt to preserve sovereignty. Tunisia also has a draft resolution in progress, describing it as less radical and more likely to be supported by China. It focuses on humanitarian aid rather than military interference. However, the delegate of Tunisia also said that it was more likely to be a last-ditch attempt if China were to veto the draft resolution that has already been introduced.

A third version of a resolution has been proposed, but there are argument over the creation. Eventually it was started and delegates continue to try to sway China on his unwavering position. Voices were raised in breakout rooms. The delegate of China has not compromised, and with two sessions left, it remains to be seen whether a resolution will be passed.

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