Another eventful evening of vigorous debates has steered away from general points, making the general speakers list quite short, and towards concrete solutions. The debate took on a more informal structure as more and more unmoderated caucuses took place, wherein countries within their respective blocks, but also across the aisle, have tried to work out acceptable solutions for both Serbia, Kosovo and stakeholder nations. Most notably China has submitted working paper one, which would address the omnipresent money question and has surprisingly found support or some sort of acceptance amongst most delegates, but this may be due to the absence of the dominant voice of the US during the session.
Another interesting suggestion came as a “sign of good will” from Serbia, which accounts for one state, but two governments with high levels of autonomy for Kosovo. Serbia has a very high interest in resolving this conflict, as the territorial dispute prevents them from joining the EU and most EU countries do recognize Kosovo as an independent state. Consequently this suggestion got shot down, as Kosovo strives for complete independence. Yet Spain strongly endorses such a proposition, looking at its own struggles with the Basque region and especially Catalonia. The suggestion of land swaps has been rejected by both sides as good on paper yet ultimately unrealistic, however both sides have expressed their desire to preserve cultural heritage and safeguard the position of their respective minorities. This makes the Working Paper proposed by China all the more timely, as both would be possible to achieve with more funds for the preservation and restoration, called for by France, and for propositions like the one from Spain concerning language courses and education.
Text by Mark