Historically Speaking

Historically speaking, the sending of roses and friendly notes between delegates of HMUN has been around for a while. You know what else is historical? The Historical Security Council (I mean, it has ‘historical’ in its name. It’s pretty hard to miss). When you put the two together, why shouldn’t it make sense? It did today, when the HSC was discussing something not unlike sending roses.

The HSC was deep in crisis – the escalation of conflict in Colombia. After the rose-grams were handed out (the day’s most important matter), the delegates turned to the discussion of the roses they needed to send – not to other delegates, but to FARC, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia.

The delegates of the USA introduced Directive Aspirin, which called for an immediate ceasefire between rebels and armed forces, the creation of demilitarized zones for innocent civilians, the abolishment of government death squads, and the establishment of a Columbian Peace and Reconciliation Council. It also asked for amnesty for ex-FARC members willing to seek protection. Basically, its aim was to quell the situation before it got too out of hand.

Unfortunately for the delegates of the USA, everyone didn’t agree with them. The delegation of France, while it didn’t specifically oppose the directive, believed that long-term measures were not the need of the hour, and had to be put aside so that the immediate crisis could be resolved. The delegates of China wanted a different directive that would bring FARC to the table for peace negotiations, and eventually used their permanent member veto to make sure the directive failed. The committee were divided on what to do next – extend the olive branch (or rose?) and hope that FARC would respond well, or go ahead and try to control the situation without FARC’s involvement. One wrong move could add fuel to the fire – and once the flames of conflict got stronger, it would be much, much harder to stop Colombia from burning.

Maybe sending some roses isn’t a bad idea.

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