The Head President of the Security Council is Grace
The Guest Presidents are Navya and Barney
I'm Grace, Head of Security Council for this year’s MUNHIGH20 conference. The issues that will be debated are the conflict in Israel and Palestine and the threat of the Kurdistan workers party. Both issues are fascinating and are clear demonstrations of history repeating itself. The issues are similar in many ways as both the Palestinians and Kurdish share the problem of being stateless and an oppressed minority in the states that they live in.
As a brief overview, the issue of the Israeli-Palestine conflict arises from the demise of the Ottoman empire, resulting in the formation of British Palestine. The British government encouraged migration, resulting in the quadrupling of the Jewish population from 1880 to 1910. Migration increased due to the Holocaust, causing tension to rise between the Arabs and Jews. In 1947 the UN devised a plan to divide British Palestine into two states: Israel for Jews and Palestine for Arabs; with Jerusalem recognised as an international zone in order to cater for the vast cultural claims to the city.
The Kurds are an ethnic group from the Mesopotamian plains and highlands stretching across South-eastern Turkey, north-eastern Syria, northern Iraq, north-western Iran and south-western Armenia. The Kurdistan workers party is also known as the PKK and has been identified by many member states as a terrorist organisation.The PKK was formed with Marxist-Leninist roots in 1974 and, until recently, sought to create an independent Kurdish state in southeastern Turkey and parts of neighbouring countries inhabited by Kurds. Today the aim is more in line with winning some level of autonomy.
I look forward to hearing the insights of each of the member states when debating and I can’t wait to see you all in February and enjoy the fruitful debate!
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