Topic One: The Situation in Syria– White Paper
Japan considers it a moral imperative that the conflict in Syria end quickly so that refugees and combatants alike can enjoy fundamental freedoms of health, shelter, and opportunity. In January of 2015, ISIS ruthlessly beheaded a Japanese journalist, Kenji Goto, reinvigorating the desire of the Japanese people to eradicate the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant. Nevertheless, while the emperor recognizes the importance of resolving the Syrian conflict, Japan is hesitant to commit forces and directly intervene in the situation in Syria. The Japanese people, scarred from the damage left on both those living and those born after the horrific nuclear attack in 1945, know the perils of involvement in war. Thus, Japan has an interest in drafting solutions that allocate resources toward mitigating the humanitarian aspects of the Syrian situation while avoiding the Security Council’s direct involvement in an already complex situation.
Japan would be interested in discussing resolutions that improve the quality of United Nations aid reaching the ground in Syria. In September of 2016, the Japanese government offered 4.7 million US dollars in its Emergency Grant Aid to three organizations, UNICEF included, to better the humanitarian conditions for civilians trapped in the Syrian crossfire. Japan would be in favor of working to determine ways for other Security Council members to contribute effective, timely, and reasonable amounts of aid in water, hygiene, and education. Moreover, this grant also allocates funding for the vocational training of relocated Syrian refugees. The government of Japan is open to working with nations supporting Assad to set the terms of a binding ceasefire, which would benefit all parties involved with the cessation of hostilities and thus the exorbitant waste of resources and loss of life. Japan ardently supports the September agreement reached by American and Russian diplomats and appreciates their investment in peace. Though Japan understands that there are complex interests that govern the intervention of international actors in the Syrian situation, the government of Japan is interested in discussing a compromise between international actors to rally international attention around the growing threat of ISIS and the plight of innocent Syrian refugees.
Due to recent economic troubles, Japan is not currently in a position to accept Syrian refugees. The government has compensated for this difficulty with a magnanimous donation of humanitarian aid. Collaborating with nations in a more suitable state for the acceptance of refugees, Japan hopes to outline parameters for safe, seamless, and sensible partitioning of refugees among future host nations. Though Japan will not be able to accept refugees due to its struggling economy, the nation is interested in discussing ways to accommodate refugees in other countries without burdening those countries with an influx of newcomers. Moreover, Japan believes that as the Security Council considers plans to cease hostilities and invest in rebuilding Syria, the refugee crisis will become less challenging as more resources can be deployed to accepting refugees or constructing a liveable environment from the rubble left in Syria’s communities. With the cooperation, consensus, and compromise of the members of the Security Council, Japan is optimistic that the United Nations will be able to mitigate the dangerous situation in Syria that not only plagues the local population, but also threatens to cripple world peace at large.