Last week’s MUN session was the first this semester to have been moved to zoom. The number of delegates has reduced and the tensions have increased. Communication has been hindered not only by the lack of direct contact, and the inconvenience of break out rooms for unmoderated caucuses, but also due to the increased return to the blocs which were established at the very start of the session, which started to compromise just several weeks prior and which returned in full force last Wednesday as Kosovo refused any „compromise” which did not include its recognition of independence.
The session was also marked by the beginning of discussion with regards to working paper 2, which after the Chinese compromise collapsed seems to soon become the main platform of discussion for the delegations. However, its main criticism, particularly from Kosovo, is that the „temporary solution” does not achieve Kosovo’s main aim, namely independence, despite France stating its support for the Kosovar endeavor. The session concluded with an unmoderated caucus which involved Serbia and Kosovo going back and forth with the whole world watching, and in another room a surprising mutual agreement between China, Russia and France seemed to take shape, as the countries were in support of working paper two, and which would incorporate the Chinese investment fund mentioned at the very start of the session. However, whether this becomes a pragmatic temporary solution which circumvents the deadlock debate, or simply a symbolic act only aimed at postponing real discussion on the matter allowing the signatory nations to feel good about themselves remains to be seen.
Text by Mark