ISAAC BYKHOVSKY, Financial Times
Figure 1 The DISEC Committee listens to opening speeches
Off to a contentious start, the Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC) discusses “The Kurdish Question” after introductory speeches from delegates calling for solutions ranging from unification to integration, as well as reaching further to education and cultural assimilation. As these discussions continue late into Thursday night, the delegation of France makes a concerted effort to draw the committee’s attention towards Kurdish cultural awareness.
A clear theme of the committee has been to create universal definitions of statehood for the Kurdish people and region—as well to define if the Kurds are a ‘threatened religious minority’ or a sectarian group searching for their own governing power. To cut the partisan debate—the delegation of France moved to speak about “Kurdish Awareness.” In speaking with the delegate of France, she stated “We are looking for a long-term education solution—one in which the Kurdish history of suffering can be used to influence their security.” When introduced to the committee, the idea was accepted by delegates from the Russian Federation and the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK). Both delegations recognized the efforts of France to sway the partisan debate.
Figure 2 The Delegate from France (Right) with various members of DISEC
When asked what France’s long-term goal for this solution was, she stated “We untimely want to cooperation of Member states.” When pushed to give specifics, the Delegation of France’s hinted at a campaign that focuses on the “optimization and innovation of ideas.” She mentioned a movement to “implement Artificial Intelligence for uses in targeted campaigns of Kurdish education in United Nations member states.” The delegation of Russia echoed these sentiments, and further added that they are willing to provide such a campaign with funding and “institutional knowledge.”
These sentiments of cooperation, though, are few and far between in the committee. During opening speeches, the delegation of Iraq gave a speak which mentioned “internal kurdish protection,” while other delegates who asked to remain anonymous stated that
“people seem enthusiastic about non-self-governing territories as provided by Chapter 11 of the United Nations Charter.”
The delegate of France hopes to capitalize on this strife to create, as she put it, “a strong middle ground solution.”
The Financial times is excited to follow this solution as it develops throughout the conference and will continue to cover the story and its updates. It seems as the DESEC committee will continue to debate the Kurdish Question in several different directions.