BREAKING NEWS: British National has been Kidnapped

By Kelli-Anne TIM (Press Director)

A British nuclear scientist has been kidnapped in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Our sources tell us that he was taken from his home in the early hours of the morning on June 10th 2018. The Islamic Republic of Iran has denied this and insists that they have invited him to work with them on their nuclear program. The wife of the scientist has stated that she is horrified at the news, but has pleaded to the British government to take a hard line against the Iranian regime and not give in to their demands, which she termed “dangerous and a threat to global security”.

This is a developing story.

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Is Israel Ready to Compromise or Is it just a Rumour?

By Jenany VETHANAYAGAM

After having a successful start in the United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee, the United Times team moved on to the United Nations General Assembly Fourth Committee to clarify the status of ongoing debates on “The Question of Jerusalem”. Two Draft Resolution were submitted and had quite a clear structure on what the countries suggested in terms of finding solutions either in favour of a common peace solution for Israel and Palestine or recommending acknowledging Palestine as a sovereign state.

Six of 20 countries including Myanmar, New Zealand, Finland, Israel, Pakistan and Fiji got the opportunity to give us a short briefing about the happenings and debates from the previous sessions. To give this press conference a neutral point of view the countries selected Fiji as speaker, which was quite surprising because Fiji has been not that in the foreground during the debates before.

Now it was time to get into details by questioning the delegates about certain aspects regarding clauses out of the two submitted Draft Resolutions, which weren’t just clear to us but also questionable at the same time. We asked New Zealand, one of the main submitters of the Draft Resolution 1.1, what they exactly they meant with “implementing clearer security measures”. It wasn’t clear for us if New Zealand and the other countries were arguing in favour for Israel? Surprisingly New Zealand argued that this implementation of clearer security measures should be helpful for Israel and Palestine people. But of course, it indicates the interest to satisfy the Israeli government is most important. In an accessory sentence New Zealand said that they also to try to acknowledge the Palestinian people.

However, clarifying the facts, the main focus of this press conference became Israel. We wanted to know their exact position in this debate and especially their response to the Draft Resolutions with some questionable clauses. “We compromised with a lot, but we are not willing to give up the Old city of Jerusalem if there is not a concession from the other side.” 

Israel does show some accountability, but their answers during the press conference was a different story. It responded by putting blame on the Member States and appreciated the United States of America for coming forward with a right solution in the right direction. Even Israel signed a Draft Resolution, which underlines the peace implementation in Israel and Palestine, but couldn’t answer the question if they would recognize Palestine as sovereign state and as a member in United Nations. Israel didn’t want to explain the reason, which was foreseeable. Conclusively, Israel hasn’t shown the responsibility, which we hoped for and we will see what the future for Jerusalem will be!

 

Sixth Committee of the General Assembly — Press Release

From: The Delegation of France and the Delegation of the United States of America

We were saddened to see that instead of participating in the debate during an unmoderated caucus, our Committees Members decided to write a defamatory and misleading press release.

Intervention in case if humanitarian crisis is an important topic. Unfortunately, armed conflict and illegal war practices, such as the use chemical weapons, continues while the United Nations Security Council has been unable to intervene and protect. The majority of our Committee agrees, passing motion after motion to fully debate the topic.

It is incorrect to assert that we are pushing through this topic against the wishes of half the committee. Rather the press release was written by a disgruntled minority who is more interested in playing ‘the blame game’ and blocking any productive discussion.

Intervention in case of humanitarian crisis saves lives. We believe we have a moral imperative to protect innocent civilians and save people from the scrounges if war as set out in the United Nations Charter.

We were disheartened to see that our fellow comittee members care more about defaming us then saving innocent civilians.

Concerning Actions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s

By Kelli-Anne TIM

In light of the news of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s commitment to continue its nuclear program, the United Times has uncovered some distressing information. According to our sources, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has, on multiple occasions over the last month, delivered highly enriched uranium to Iran. These actions by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is most concerning with the summit with the United States of America only a few days away. This investigation is ongoing and we will continue to update you as information is discovered.

General Assembly First Committee — Press Conference

By Yucheng GU

Day two was an extremely stressful day for the United Times as the press conference is a new section introduced to the CologneMUN2018. Thus the entire team was stepping into an area unknown to all. Nervousness was in the eyes of everyone, I, myself, almost experienced my first panic attack ever while questioning the representatives during the first press conference.

At the time the press team came to DISEC for the press conference, I was already feeling the familiar and confident with the entire concept and was about to really push for the limits during the press conference. It is, after all, our deed, as United Times journalists, to report as realistically and detailed as possible to our readers about the progress that committees had during the sessions.

The moment when the press team stepped into the room, there was a sort of happiness in the air. The draft resolution which DISEC had been working on since day one was passed as an actual legal document during the session RIGHT before the press conference. This would explain why representatives were so excited to present their results to the United Times.

The biggest issue, which accurses across all committees at CologneMUN2018, is the solutions presented tend to be vague and not bounding. The question of funding is often forgotten or ignored as a direct result. DISEC representatives, eager to present their results, found themselves cornered by questions from the press team throughout the press conference.

The delegate of Germany had to announce that the resolution, when confronted by the press team concerning the resolution being rather weak, were only a start of the effort put forward by the international community. And while talking about the issue of national information security, the delegate of Russia went as far as shouting at press team members calling the author and his co-journalists “fake new” although the United Times sees itself with all self-respect and integrity as an independent free press with PassBlue as its moral example.

Beyond any doubt, the press conference was still mostly productive for both the press team and the committee members, as it helped to clarify all paragraphs of resolution. Hopefully the DISEC committee can take the aspects pointed out during the press conference as a lesson and incorporate it into its work on Day 3.

A Question of Implementation: The Passed UNHRC Resolution Addresses Far Too Many Issues

By Sofia RISCHIO

The UNHRC began the day by submitting a Draft Resolution with a total of 42 Operative Clauses — a massive undertaking. Encompassing far too many aspects, including the refugee crisis and equal access to education, the paper was extremely broad. After an entire session was dedicated to going through and improving the paper with the help of the Chair, the delegates were able to slim it down and finally submit it.

However, the Draft Resolution still covered a vast range of issues (perhaps too many) concerning Women in Conflict Zones. Financial aid, problems of refugees, an international conference for women, medical centers for women, staff training and education were just some of the ideas mentioned in the paper. The main problem was the lack of specific methods to implement the proposed ideas. Although thorough, the propositions were unclear in terms of their execution. No specific methods were stated in the Resolution, leaving many questions for the press during the UNHRC Press Conference.

Nigeria, the Philippines and Germany took part in the Press Conference on behalf of the UNHRC. The main question posed was how so many aspects of education, the group’s main concern, are expected to successfully be addressed. The representatives, nominated and voted to represent their committee, were asked what, specifically, they imagined should take place in the affected regions. The question, however, was more or less avoided and no clear answers were presented. In regard to the finances of such a big undertaking, the delegates referred to working with local and international NGO’s and requested ECOFIN to monitor the money flow to prevent corruption.

The United Times pushed forward, trying to understand how the UNHRC truly believes such a broad Resolution could lead to real results. The delegates were insistant, that the Resolution is a step in the right direction, as they have found common ground after a day and a half of debate. It is still unclear whether this resolution will lead to a betterment of the situation of Women in Conflict Zones.

At the end of the day, the committee parted ways with their first topic, moving to a topic which is very interesting to us at the United Times: Free and Independent Press in the 21st Century. As this is a relevant issue in our world today, we are eager to see in which direction the committee will go, looking forward to the last day of debate.

Sixth Committee of the General Assembly — Press Conference

By Emilia KLIX

Today, the first press conference of Cologne MUN 2018 was held at the Legal Committee. The delegates, who were nominated and voted to represent the committee,

were given five minutes in order to present what happened so far and then, for the following ten minutes, they got questioned by the members of the Press.

Five members of the United Times listened to the Member States’ presentations by the People’s Republic of China, United States, Republic of France and Dominican Republic.

The delegate of the Dominican Republic started, explaining what had been discussing in general – Topic A: Jus ad Bellum – the Right to Go to War. The other delegates then furthermore elaborated on that.

When being asked about what exactly had been decided on the issue of pre-emptive self-defence, the issues that the Committee faced regarding effectiveness became even more obvious. The discussion’s outcome appeared to be limited to a general recognition of the need to be able to strike against non-state actors and that time is an important factor. The discussion regarding further definitions were not presented in the Press Conference.

Regarding the addition of non-permanent members to the United Nation Security Council(UNSC), it was very interesting that the P5 delegates did not seem to regard that as a threat to their power in the UNSC.

A question to the U.S.A about specific actions regarding Humanitarian Intervention was answered by emphasizing the general importance of that issue.

All in all, the impression given to the United Times is that several issues need more specific elaboration. Hopefully the Draft Resolution provides a solution for that.