What is the last lie you told?
“Yes Eleftheriou, wear this tomorrow”
17:11 The Arrival of the first crisis regarding the Sino Indian War, brings a new conflict in the room. The atmosphere heats up once again as the exhaustion of the day starts to appear on the delegates’ faces. This however will be no obstacle in having an active debate on the removal of the Chinese troops.
As the day approaches to an end the ‘confession box’ is starting to fill up. This should be interesting.
How would you say the experience of being a member of Parliament in Cyprus differs from being a member of the European Parliament?
“There is a huge difference. Huge. Let me first tell you that the atmosphere of the Parliament in Cyprus, regretfully (can we say regretfully?), is full of poison. We have a lot of populists and it was very difficult for me to stand it for more than 12 years. So, I was there for 12 years. In the European Parliament, yes there are a lot of populists even there but if you want to work on what you have in front of you, and if you want to not see them, or avoid them, you can. So, in the European Parliament I concentrate on what I have in front of me and I am satisfied because in that position I can meet people who in their portfolio have important issues. What I say usually is: we are not important people because we have an important position. We do have important positions, although some of us are not important people. We have to differentiate that. Don’t believe that anyone who sits on a table and in front of him has a label saying ‘Euro-Parliamentarian’ or ‘Minister’ or ‘President’ immediately means that he is an important person. We have to look at it, we have to check it, we have to put him in scrutiny to see if he represents the position he has.
The second difference between our Parliament and the European Parliament is obvious. Our Parliament deals with issues which have to do with Cyprus most probably, but there you have to see what goes around the globe. You have to deal with issues about Albania, about Turkey, about Syria, about the United Nations, about United States, Russia, and to understand the complexity of the world which becomes unfortunately day by day, or year by year, much more complex than ever before. And I don’t want to say that we are in danger, but yes we face again very very difficult times on our planet, environmentally, politically, economically – all these issues that we have in front of us today.”
As a politician you have expressed high interest in the Cyprus problem. What do you consider to be the major problem regarding this issue?
“I have a very clear picture about that. I think that the main obstacle is the fact that 43 years after the invasion, after the presence of Turkey in Cyprus, [Turkey] believe[s] that the occupied areas are part of Turkey. And this is the obstacle in my opinion, at this point of the time. They can’t digest that the solution may change the relationship that Turkey has now with the occupied areas after the solution. They can’t understand that. So they have to overcome this idea they have about the occupied part of Cyprus, which they don’t call occupied areas. They have to overcome this obstacle to see, to believe, to understand that they have to leave Cypriots to govern our own issues alone. That means of course that they have to withdraw their army, to understand that we don’t need guarantees and most of all to understand that we don’t need them to intervene in our policy life.”
Lastly, what is your opinion on MEDI.MUN and what can the participants gain from this experience?
“As I said to you before, the whole planet is becoming very complex and we need young people to have the ability to understand this complexity and to overcome the problems they will face during their life. And to overcome not only their problems but to try and find solutions on the problems we face globally, so this experience, I’m sure, will help them to understand first of all the complexities as I said of the politics of the planet. If you first understand the complexity, then you may have the ability to try to see if you can propose some solutions. So I find it very very important yes.”
By Eleni Tserioti
13:38 US president Kennedy destroys missiles in Cuba, and USA is left with a tough decision to make. The delegate of USA has to be persuaded to either invade in Cuba or not. The delegate of China begs: “Please don’t start a World War”. After a passionate speech, the delegate of Congo closes the discussion with a bold statement “Εν διαταγή”.
12:30 am Delegate of India requests the support from other member states in order to remove the Jupiter missiles which are aimed directly at the USSR. The clause would only be considered fair if the USSR cooperates, states the delegate of the UK. Clause does not pass and the USA delegate’s vote against the resolution has played a vital role during the procedure.
9:55 am The delegate of USA discusses the increase in emigration from Cuba because of the increase in number of citizens in search for a more democratic host nation. While she supports the fact that the USA is a democratic nation and its duty to help other nations seeking democracy, she is cheerfully and continuously being reminded to remain standing during points of information.
4:57 pm After hours of hard work, lobbying and merging has finally come to an end. The two chairs give a presentation on the historical events of the Cuban missile crisis. This gives the delegates the opportunity to debate clauses that could have altered the past. Terminating diplomatic relations with the USSR and Cuba brings segregation between the delegates of France and USSR against the delegates of UK and USA.
9:31 am The day in the Historical Security Council begins enthusiastically.
Following a brief icebreaker game, 2 truths and a lie, the two chairs Loucas Charidemou and Evgenia Chamilou introduce themselves and explain in detail the schedule of the upcoming days, stating that: “We are here to improve the past”. Delegates appear keen and enthusiastic to debate and expand on the topics of the “Sino-Indian War” and the “Cuban missile crisis”.
9:49 am Loucas Charidemou interrupts the delegates to sing Happy Birthday to the delegate of Canada!
“What is your favourite thing about your twin?”
“He is funny and spotaneous. He always knows when I’m feeling down, and he is the first one to come and talk to me. He knows how I’m feeling, without me saying anything. That, is the best thing. He is sensitive and he always makes me laugh. ” – Marilena
“She is funnier than me, by the way. She’s always there whenever I need her. We have a premonition” – Raphael
9:18 a.m: The delegate of France delivers his speech on the issue of climate change. He specifically states: “The Earth is not dying, it’s being killed.”
9:26 a.m: Followed by an attack speech from the delegate of Egypt, issues regarding how “hard engineering can prevent flooding” are being discussed.
9:31 a.m: The delegate of Poland moves to the podium to submit an amendment regarding nuclear energy being a danger to humanity. Emphasis was given to the requirement of a supervisor to make sure these powers are not abused. With the majority voting for, this amendment passes.
9:38 a.m: Voting takes place. With the close difference of 29 for, 28 against, and 2 abstentions, this resolution has successfully passed.
9:00 a.m: Tardiness in MEDI.MUN is punished severely. 5 delegates sing karaoke to Justin Bieber’s “Baby”, after a vote from the remaining delegates. With the whole of GA clapping, this short musical interlude loosens up the delegates only for a moment, since Day 2 is filled with debating and lots of hard work.
5:15 p.m: Due to unfortunate delays and time constraints, the Chairs of GA2 declare a closed debate of 10 minutes for and 10 minutes against. The topic debated primarily concerns climate change. The delegate of Georgia moves to the podium to deliver her defence speech, using a quote by Barack Obama: “We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.”
Late comers are punished with dancing. There is chaos in the room as they argue against the Chairs’ decision. With the overwhelming majority voting for the dance punishment, 3 delegates dance to the rhythm of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off’.