Crisis Council – SydMUN, December 2010
When you hear the words ‘Crisis Council’ you would expect the room to be on fire right from the word ‘go’, but this morninh during the first briefing session., the Crisis Council was off to a slow start. Most of the morning was spent in ‘unmoderated caucus’ time, with the words stability, support and unification flying across the room.
The atmosphere seemed friendly … a little too friendly in fact. The three superpowers – The United States (U.S.), Russia and China all agreed a solution to stop the violence needed to be implemented. The problem with this is it’s so easy to say you want a ‘peaceful’ resolution but how you get there is a whole other kettle of fish.
The ironic thing was that being groups who want peace, no one wanted to get their hands dirty. The U.S. stated that “while we are committed to diffusing the conflict, we don’t want to mess in Kyrgyzstan’s internal affairs.” Russia displayed a similar attitude of – “we didn’t send peace keeping troops earlier this year so why would we now?”
So it seemed problem solving was up to the two main Kyrgyz political parties but there was clearly tension in the air. The key proposition suggested was for Kyrgyzstan to introduce a semi-presidential government however the Ata Jhurt political party was not one hundred percent sold on this idea. Their view was that a parliamentary system could not be implemented as it would increase instability plus how can you have a parliamentary system when you don’t have a parliament? Fair call.
The key topic for the morning though was corruption. Former Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev who is known to have ties with Kyrgyzstan’s drug trade refused to comment about any corruption or economic mismanagement. Currently, a quarter of the world’s heroin trade travels through Central Asia, with Kyrgyzstan the main hub for drugs flowing from Afghanistan.
The Ata-Jhurt party who supports Mr Bakiyev said the drug trade was needed to keep the economy running by creating jobs regardless of the number of addicts it also produces. Looks like Kyrgyzstan’s Social Democratic Party has a big mess on their hands.