Out of Three Working Papers, Which will Win Out?

By FAITH TURNBULL, The Guardian

Each of these working papers desires unity across the globe.

During tonight’s committee, the Paris Peace Conference worked to come to an agreement on the working papers which were presented. There were three working papers presented, each with its own following of signatories. There is the “Power Bloc,” “The Build Plan,” and “CIVIL ACTS, by the People, for the People.” These three working papers were the focus of debate through this evening committee.

Signed onto the first paper, the “Power Bloc,” are Armenian Representatives, China, Cuba, The Hejaz, Hondorus, and others. This bloc has a main goal of pushing countries towards self-determination. This goal involves “taking foreign intruders out of the Middle East as quickly as possible,” according to the Hejaz.

The “Power Bloc” also has a set up a methodology of territories eventually gaining their own statehood. They want to create stable states out of the ravaged territories. However, the signatories stated that they do not want to rush through this process so that the territories fall into disarray as independent states. These processes will be “overseen by the League of Nations delegation,” as per the Hejaz.

“The Build Plan” includes countries such as Belgium, France, Romania, and the NGO International Democracy Watch. This bloc is seeking to emphasize the importance of regional stability, understood the need for international cooperation and affirm the possibility of a politically stable and peaceful Middle East and the necessity of both long and short-term goals.

Delegates from this bloc have a detailed and comprehensive working paper. The multiple steps of this paper focus on the various needs of stability across the globe after this Great War. Belgium highlights that “what is important about our working paper is the respect we give to minority groups.”

The third bloc, “CIVIL ACTS,” is backed by Italy, the United States, Japan, and Canada, among others. This double acronym-ed working paper stands for a great census and an oversight body for the European presence in other countries. The “CIVIL” stands for “Civilized countries in an Imperialistic world Viable through proper Institutionalization and Legislation.” This “CIVIL” will be a monitoring body, as per their position paper. The “ACTS” stands for “Autonomy and Control Transfer.”

It is evident that each of these working papers desires unity across the globe, and wants to work towards preventing future wars of this caliber. Countries which align with the “Power bloc” desire to create this unity through a gradual transfer of territories into their own states, and allow countries their own self-determination. In contrast, countries that back “The Build Plan” believe in representation of minority groups and an emphasis on regional stability. “CIVIL ACTS” countries desire to create this world peace that will prevent another war through the implementation of democracy and the values of their catchy acronyms.

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