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By Emma Harris
A breaking news bulletin delivered by a member of the press interrupted the final morning of the Security Council session. The latest declarations from Saudi Arabia asking for the elimination of the veto system in favor of a double voting system seemed to already be a popular idea adopted by many non-permanent states. The debate continued with various members coming forward to voice their points of view regarding a reform to the veto power. As was to be expected none of the five permanent member states was very thrilled by this idea, whereas many of the non-permanent states, such as those from Africa and Asia who feel they lack representation, were for the removal of the veto power. With some countries not seeing eye-to-eye on the idea, other states were focused on another aspect of reform; Australia and the UK proposed increasing the number of permanent and non-permanent seats to rectify a “historical injustice” as stated by the Australian delegate. Thus, leading to a five permanent member caucus after a brief repeat of the protocol. During this interlude the Co-Chair More Yahalom stated that she was “not exactly sure where it (would) go” because “everyone (had) their own ideas” demonstrating the mood of uncertainty which was present throughout a great deal of the session.
Upon the return of the ‘VIP club’, as later named, the delegates explained their most recent consensus which involved the future inclusion of three new permanent members without the right to veto: India, Japan and Germany. Suddenly all arose for the surprise entry of the C’MUN 2014 Secretary-General Pau Petit and the representative of Pakistan. The delegate made a heated speech urging the council to reconsider their recent proposal to include India as a permanent state, reminding the delegates of the relationship between Pakistan and India and highlighting the tensions and historic atrocities committed, due to the fear of being lobbied against by an anti-Muslim state. The Pakistan delegate then left in a literal flurry of flying paper.
As the morning progressed a new possibility arose with the proposal of including Brazil in the permanent member states. The debate continued with various states mentioning the need for a more equal demographical representation and several others proclaiming the need for changes with respects to veto power. Discussing the possible reforms to non-permanent members was a slight headache as there was a confusion of numbers. Then the delegates of Jordan and Chile went on to clarify the double vote scheme describing it as an attempt to make the Security Council a more democratic organisation which was contested by the US rejection of such.
The firm hand of Chairperson Ali Zain Kara threatened the UK for cross-talking for the final time before nearing a messy finish, searching for a resolution which could put an end to the vicious circle of debate. Finally, with a draft resolution on the cards it comes to a sharp ending with the Co-Chair reminding all that the time had greatly elapsed and they were eating into their lunch hour. With a final and very real drum-role, the resolution… failed 8-6. Meeting adjourned with a general consensus of hunger.
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