Shots Fired in Myanmar Assembly, Reporters Scattered, Delegates Applauded

World News

By Chief International Correspondent

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — Earlier today, ethnic ministers took over the Myanmar Assembly. Sources told Komsomolskaya Pravda that the defense establishment orchestrated a brutal coup that resulted in the resignation of the Foreign Minister and the executions of the President and Vice President.

Just as journalists gathered for a conference in the Assembly, armed gunmen took control of the committee while delegates applauded. At least three shots were fired in the room with a weapon resembling a semi-automatic machine gun. None of the reporters were harmed.


Chaos in the Pacific

Following a late night crisis break involving a last minute committee meeting in the middle of the night, the government of Myanmar is facing further crises as the army has staged a coup and a shadow government is attempting to take control.

Seeming to be in perpetual crisis, the assembly crafted its approach regarding the coup and shadow government: to pursue an aggressive path which could potentially anger the Tatmadaw but would provide the  most ideal conditions for the official government. Opposition to the directive argued that the “army is right outside of our door and we have no way to oppose them” and that a more lenient proposition would prove more fruitful for the assembly.

After a few minor amendments the directive was tabled and following even more amendments, rejected. Before another directive could be suggested, the assembly was faced with yet another crisis: a member of the shadow crisis video chatted with the assembly to assert his/her demands which included more autonomy, voting rights, non governmental interference with states, government compensation for loss of life and property, the continued existence of the army even with ceasefire agreements, and the relief of a Rohingya representative from his position.

The delegates took these demands into account and redrafted a directive. The Shan representative gave an impassioned speech to the assembly stating among other things: “We need to stand up for the rights we have fought for and died for.” Before the delegates could begin to wrap their head around this crisis a new one emerged as the Russians, a typical ally of Myanmar, established contact with the threatening shadow government.

Faced with an international and domestic crisis, as well as a clear split within the assembly, the future of the country of Myanmar and it’s current government appears rocky. Hopefully with joint collaboration and a slowdown in oncoming crises, the assembly will be able to pick up the pieces of the government and reestablish control over the military. However the outcome, it’s clear that the solution will require much compromise and hard work and that the committee has their work cut out for them.

Killers of Hostages Still Unclear, Myanmar Assembly in Crisis Mode

World News

By Chief International Correspondent

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar — 3 Kachin men were arrested near the China-Myanmar border in connection to the deaths of the Chinese hostages. Under unknown circumstances, the suspects confessed to being instructed by the governing party NLD to murder the hostages and to framing the KIO, which is an advocate for ethnic minorities.

Also publicly claiming responsibility is the FKP (Freedom for the Kachin People). According to sources, the FKP is an extremist splinter group of the KIO and is fully capable and willing to conduct such killings.

“As far as we know,” said the Chinese Ambassador to Myanmar in an unscheduled appearance, “the FKP did it. They are responsible for the deaths of Chinese citizens.”

The Assembly remains divided on determining which party is the culprit, while the delegates navigate through other issues and try to steer the Assembly in the right direction. The atmosphere in the round-table conference room is intense, as finger pointing and personal attacks are common especially among delegates opposing the current administration. “You have lied to this country for years!” said one delegate loudly to the President during an unmoderated caucus.

In an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, the Shan delegate expressed his concerns. “I am a patriot,” he said undoubtedly, “while I recognize the President’s authority, I do not agree with her [on issues].” He also pointed out that the “defense establishment” has been unpatriotic. His suggestion is that the federal government should delegate more authority to the local states and municipalities so that the KIO and its splinter groups can be dealt with more effectively.

Despite the attacks, the current administration is strongly and vocally supported by many, including the Chin delegate and even the Chinese government. When asked by the media, the Chinese Ambassador seemed hopeful regarding the future of their bilateral relations, as an energy partnership between the two Asian nations may be on the table.

Although flooded with all kinds of information and updates, delegates remained calm and focused on issues during most parts of the conference (although they did debate about “Mars landing” for a brief moment for unclear reasons). Regarding the future of the Assembly, patriotic duties should outweigh ideological differences. As the President of Myanmar so eloquently put it, “This is what we need in this country, unity!”

Welcome to HMUN 2017!

The Press Corps Staff welcomes you to HMUN 2017.