DISEC discusses: “Tackling terrorism in the Middle East.”

By OLIKA DANIEL GODSON, DIE WELT

DISEC

DISEC committee in session

One of the topics before the Disarmament and International Security Committee is; “The Future of the State Boundaries in the Middle East.” In discussing this topic in the Committee, the nature of terrorist activities in the Middle East kept coming to the fore. This is not surprising as terrorism is not alien to this region of the world. Various terrorist groups keep emerging from time to time with each claiming a region as its territory. This is devastating as the far-reaching effects can be seen in the migration that has come to be associated with the people of this region. This also undermines, a great deal, the Sovereignty of the Countries whose borders are under terrorist attacks.

In addressing this issue in the Committee, the Delegate from the USA stated, rather vaguely, that solutions should be created to address the situation in the Middle East and that if member states were interested in finding out how this should be done, they should contact them. This does not proffer any solution in actual fact to the situation in the Middle East.

Other state parties were more generous in proffering solutions to the issue at stake. France, for instance, stated that there should be monitoring of the activities of citizens and people generally; their correspondence, telephone conversations and all affairs of daily life to be able to tell when there is a possible terrorist activity looming. This is a particularly interesting recommendation since state parties in recent times have been making efforts to curb data control and monitoring of their citizens and questions France’s respect for the rights of its citizens.

Croatia’s recommendation appears to be more informative. It recommends that since states take a non-interventionist stance internationally, with respect to their decision to interfere with another nation’s activities, states should support international non-state policing actors such as Interpol in its bid to combat terrorist activity in the world. The Committee is still discussing this issue and a resolution is yet to be made, but it appears that Croatia’s recommendation meets internationally recognized safety standards, both in terms of security and the possibility of being in breach of international law.

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