Delegate name: Cam Ventura
School: Beaver Country Day School
Topic: Conflict in Syria and Yemen
The misrepresentation of Islam by terrorist groups like ISIS is overall detrimental to Muslims across the world and it is the OIC’s responsibility to ensure the wellbeing of our Muslim brothers and sisters, and to ensure Islam is being properly represented across the world. While the OIC needs to be active and involved in the conflicts in Syria and Yemen today, these are issues that need to be handled delicately. These conflicts are multifaceted and affect the lives of everyday people in Yemen and Syria. With the integrity of both countries highly vulnerable, there is opportunity for groups such as ISIS to take advantage of these countries and their people.
The delegation of Guinea believes that even though we are not directly affected by these conflicts we still have a responsibility to ensure that the best possible path for a resolution is taken. Guinea feels the responsibility to end the common international sentiment of not needing to address issues that do not directly affect their country. If Guinea leads by example by facilitating a resolution, many countries will follow in line, and the more countries that we have working towards peace in Syria and Yemen, the more likely we are to succeed. If there is to be peace in Yemen and Syria, there needs to be agreement internationally and in particularly in the OIC. If there are countries around the world backing leaders that use chemical weapons on their people, and countries supplying arms to rebel groups, there is no way in which these conflicts will be resolved. The solution going forward needs to be to summon a peace talk between the rebels and government regimes in both Syria and Yemen, but going into these peace talks a few things need to be made clear: terrorist groups that are misrepresenting Islam, such as ISIS, need to be addressed by both governments. Neither the people of Yemen and Syria, or their governments can side with and legitimize groups such as ISIS. Also, under no circumstances should the use of chemical weapons be permitted, especially when innocent citizens are being caught in the crossfire and being killed by their own government. If a peace talk is held in Syria, the rebels and the government regime can work together to take out terrorist groups plaguing their country and the world. Lastly, it needs to be made clear that the goal for Syria and Yemen is to come together, and not to separate. Backing the Syrian regime and Bashar Al Assad when they are using chemical weapons on their own people is unacceptable. On the contrary, if rebels are being supplied with weapons to inflict damage on the current governmental regime then the situation will not move in a positive direction either.
With everything considered the delegation of Guinea believes that administering peace in both Syria and Yemen should be one of the top priorities of the OIC. What citizens in Yemen and Syria need to understand is that if they are unhappy with their government system, violence is not the answer, especially when they are receiving military aid from groups with ulterior motives. Their rights and needs are a top priority of the OIC, but more violence leads to less stability. The citizens of Syria and Yemen need to understand that in order to achieve their goal of having an effective government system, peace is the answer, and peace will not be achieved through violence.
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