Comes March and MUNPlanet test launch. Also, it seems a prolonged political turmoil in Ukraine has been developing into a matter of initial concern for the UN Security Council these days. An emergency meeting was held on Saturday, March 1 and the Council remained split on the matter.
Ukraine’s Permanent Representative to the UN called for prevention of the “Russian military intervention” against his country. Russian ambassador pointed out that the president of Russian Federation has not ordered the use of military force and that all sides have to remain calm. On the other hand, the representatives of the United States, France and United Kingdom expressed their deepest concern over the deployment of the Russian troops in Crimea.
It is important in this early stage of the crisis to have diplomats and top officials communicate regularly - and that the matter is brought before the Security Council. However, there is an interesting statement by one UN diplomat who weighed on the likelihood of the Security Council bringing a calm to the current situation at this particular moment, as reported by Newsweek:
“Part of the problem here is that you don't go to the Security Council as your first act," said one Western ambassador from a country not represented in the 15-member top UN body. "You go to the council after devising a firm strategy and use it as a tool to back it up. Russia has such strategy; the West doesn't."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday called for “immediate de-escalation of the crisis” during his phone talk with Russian president Vladimir Putin. The US President Barack Obama also talked to the Russian president on Saturday.
For political and security context, read more here.The MUNPlanet team will continue to follow the latest developments.