By Ianni Tan, Xinhua News Agency
China sets the agenda for today’s DISEC meeting, world is now one step closer to nuclear disarmament in the Middle East.
The delegate of China did the nation proud during today’s (31/5/17) DISEC meeting. By bravely passing a well-planned motion, he took the first step today by suggesting the council to move into agenda setting, and then followed up with a proposal to discuss a pressing topic – nuclear disarmament in the Middle East. The delegate of Ethiopia then seconded the motion. China’s motion passed without opposition, and the Council’s discussion began.
The delegate of China passed a quick yet impactful comment on how the aforementioned issue was “very important in terms of impact (and the) possible dangers”. He addressed the individuals who felt that “a nuclear attack (was) not relevant” by warning them that “terrorism is something that we need to consider at hand”.
The Chinese delegate’s eloquence had obviously swayed the other delegates in the room. As they made their speeches, all wholeheartedly supported his stance. The delegate of Australia agreed that the issue of nuclear disarmament was a pressing one, and given the tension within the Middle East, problems such as “nuclear ambiguity” were surfacing. He expressed a desire for a nuclear free zone within the region. Other variations of possible solutions and perspectives followed. This included, but was not limited to a hope for a “complete nuclear disarmament worldwide”, a “nuclear-free zone”, and the implementation of stricter guidelines. A general consensus was that these solutions were partially fuelled by the fear of terrorist groups gaining access to the nuclear weapons, as that would be “extremely dangerous (and) would destabilise (the region) even more”. While the delegate of Brazil did not seem to have an extremely optimistic view (he had stated that we “could not eradicate” the use of nuclear weapons) , he still added value to the argument by suggesting the provision of safeguards. The discussion was evidently fruitful as it elicited a wide range of positive responses from the majority of the delegates.
The delegate of China then thanked all previous delegates for “highlighting the significance of the issue” and proceeded to urge the other delegates to speed up the discussion. He beckoned them to have a “firm foundation” for this debate. Before he managed to explain his agenda, he was cut short by the incredibly short time limit allocated to each delegate, and so he promised to introduce it soon after. He concluded on a hopeful note, hoping for more fruitful debate, and promptly passed the time on to the next delegate.
The subsequent delegates all followed suit. With the exception of the delegate of the Syrian Arab Republic, all Council members supported China’s efforts to pioneer discussion on this extremely pertinent issue. China has once again successfully initiated a productive and peaceful discussion between world leaders who come from diverse backgrounds.