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Tigray awaits as the elephants speak

Updated: May 14, 2021

On the first day of the Security Council the discussion was limited to opening statements highlighting the intents and positions of each delegate. A few countries were absent however the permanent were all present joined by Kenya, Estonia and Tunisia. After coming to an accord on procedural measures the countries listed out their positions. It was however the Kenyan delegate who set the tone by using an African Proverb: When elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. This is to show that in this conflict in Tigray and the surrounding area it is not the Tigrayan, the Federal government or the Eritrean leaderships that will bear the brunt of this conflict. Rather it is the countless civilians who, irrelevant of their partisan positions, are the victims of this senseless violence. Kenya was stressing mediation through the appropriate channels and displayed concern over stability in the Horn of African and East Africaat large. Both Estonia and Tunisia followed with a plea for more work on humanitarian aid in the area. The USA's position was vague, however they also support the idea of more action in terms of containing and stemming the humanitarian crisis. Both France and the UK were very forceful in theri position that the Security Council should be more forceful in it's response. Acting quickly and decisively, with the deployment of peacekeepers, and France even floating sanctions on Eritrea. While Russia and China support the federal government and believe in the proportional response and the respect for international law(including Ethiopia's sovereignty). Stressing non intervention. These positions have set up this meeting of the security council to be a very interesting one.

This report was brought to you by Michael Littoris, EuroMUN 2021 Special Correspondent for the Security Council.


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