Mostimun Security Council, day 3: A large argument leads to compromises
Shock and outrage reigned in the UN Security Council today as a gruesome video of Chadian men being tortured by Nigerian men surfaced today. As if that were not enough, further outrage was raised when it was discovered that Russia and Nigeria had signed a bilateral agreement without informing any of the other members of the Security Council.
The bilateral agreement stated that 8000 Russian soldiers were to come to Nigeria to help train their soldiers to fight Boko Haram. Most of the other members of the council were in disbelief that such a large force had to be stationed and Nigeria and raised the complaint that if the resolution the council was working on was to pass, such a force could be there as a clause of it.
Most of the latter half of the Council’s meeting was spent in argument about this topic. Russia claimed that a double standard exists whenever they offer military help, while other members remained adamant that a standing Russian force would only cause further destabilization in the Chad Basin.
Although Nigeria was open to compromises, the Russian delegates were insistent that their only intention was to help Nigeria and the surrounding countries and did not want to change their agreement, claiming that it was difficult to “trust someone who does not trust us.”
In spite of this, a final resolution for the fight against Boko Haram in the Chad Basin was drafted and the council unanimously voted for it. The UK’s delegate was dissatisfied with the resolution, claiming that it was a great compromise brought upon by some of the selfish states, while Russia was glad that the council was able to set their differences aside and focus on human rights and helping those more in need than the council states, claiming that this resolution could be the start of a “new era of peace and safety in the western region of Africa.”