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KITMUN 2003
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American International School hosted this event. This represents a smaller edition of the previous KFSAC Model United Nations. The following schools attended.


Schools Attending
AAG-American Academy for Girls
ACA-American Creativity Academy
AIS-American International School
ASK-American School in Kuwait
BBS-Al-Bayan Bilingual School
BSK-The British School in Kuwait
GES-Gulf English School
LYC-Lycee Francais (the French School)
NES-The New English School
UAS-The Universal American School

For most schools this event held some special challenges since it occurred during Ramadan. Students needed to go above and beyond the usual to excel under these conditions.

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Overall Achievements
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The following are the lobbying and merging scores for the Al-Bayan group of countries. This is assuming that a perfect score is equal to 7. Every country except Tanzania surpassed that average. Angola reached a unique accomplishment by having every member a main submitter.

COUNTRY SCORES

1. Angola 20
2. Indonesia 16
3. Pakistan 15.5
4. Latvia 14.5
5. Cote D'Ivoire 9.31
6. Dominican Republic 9.31
7. Urugay 9.31
8. Tanzania 6

On the other hand, it takes one set of skills to sucessfully lobby and merge a resolution. Whether the the resoluton is chosen for debate is a different question. With a few exceptions, the fate of the resolutions below generally reflects their quality and gives a bit humbler picture of BBS's performance.


Main Submitters by country:

Angola:
Abdullah Al-Ibrahim (Angola), debated
Dheidan Al-Shamari (Angola), debated and passed
Nasser Al-Aujan (Angola), not debated
Mays Al-Saad (Angola), not debated
Hamad Al-Sager (Angola), security clauses debated

Cote D'ivoire
Bader Al-Mailem (Cote D'Ivoire), not debated

Dominican Republic

Hamad Al-Sager (Dominican Republic), not debated

Indonesia
Amna Al-Sager (Indonesia), debated and passed GA
Nouriya Al-Sager (Indonesia), not debated

Latvia

Abdullah Al-Mdaires (Latvia), not debated
Saud Al-Subaie (Latvia), should've been debated

Pakistan

Ahmad Al-Shammari (Pakistan), debated and passed
Abdullah Bebehani (Pakistan), not debated
Khaled Al-Rubei (Pakistan), SC clauses should've been debated.

Uruguay
Sarah Al-Muzaini (Uruguay), HR, not debated

However, this does not, of course, speak to the quality of debate. While BBS students spoke numerous times, only one forum, defense, make comments as to the quality and quantite of speeches, and its chair specifically mentioned Angola, Pakistan, and Latvia, all BBS countries. Hence, it seems reasonable to put BBS among the top three schools at the event. Below are students own perceptions on a country-by-country basis, starting with the countries only present in the GA, progressing through the SC countries, Angola and Pakistan, and concluding with the ICJ.



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General Assembly Highlights

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The Committees and General Assembly Issues: KITMUN 2003
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Disarmament

(1) Effective international arrangements to assist non-nuclear states against the use or threat of nuclear weapons.
(2) Reducing the availability of firearms to civilians and stopping the illegal trafficking of such.
(3) The role of science and technology in preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction.
(4) Creating a treaty on cyber warfare.


Environment

(1) Prohibition of the dumping of radioactive and toxic wastes.
(2) Promotion of new and renewable sources of energy including the implementation of the World Solar Program 1996-2005.
(3) Promoting the sustainable development of the world's forests and preventing deforestation and habitat destruction.
(4) Food safety risks associated with the GMF and foods derived from biotechnology.


Human Rights

(1) Creation of a charter of economic rights.
(2) The threat of infringement of human rights posed by the implementation of anti- terrorism policies and practices.
(3) Protection of the political rights of indigenous peoples, their outstanding land claims, and their right to self-determination.


Social

(1) Role of science and technology in social development including questions relating to the world's youth, ageing, disabled persons and the family.
(2) The role of schools in promulgating and spreading violent ideologies.
(3) The issue of economic and technical cooperation among developing countries.
(4) Preservation and establishment of defined rights for sufferers from diseases such as SARS and AIDS.



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GA Country Highlights
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Cote D' Ivoire
Mohammad Ben Essa-HR-Ambassador
Ahmad Al-Jouan-D
Bader Al-Mailem-E
Maha Sartawi-S
Cote D'Ivoire


Statements of Delegates

Ahmed Al Jouan, Disarmament committee

During the KITMUN Event 2003. I was assigned to the disarmament committee. On the first day we worked on lobbying and merging and I became Main submitter of my resolution but it was hard convincing other delegates to sign my resolution and I am glad that I was successful in becoming main submitter. The debates on the resolutions were good. We had good speeches on the resolutions. I asked questions and said speeches. I took my position concerning the resolutions from my countryís point of view and this is something which will help me later on in the MUN program. I enjoyed the experience of the KITMUN event 2003 and hope to repeat similar and better experiences during my MUN


Bader Al-Mailem, Environment

This was my first real MUN event, personally it was not that good. The delegates from other schools were not very professional, they didn't vote for a good resolution just because it is not from their school. The rest was good, we had good debates, and very interesting resolutions. From this event I learned how to be diplomat, and how it is not shout out when you have a really good point to say or if some offended your country. I also learned vital information about countries and some international issues. In the end I enjoyed it a lot and spoke every time I could.


Bader waits for his first "real" MUN.


Mohammad Ben Essa, HR and Ambassador

Absent. Click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book.


Maha Sartawi, Social

At the first event that I have attended as a representative of Cote d'Ivoire, this event would never be forgotten. It was a great time, and was worth all the time we spent working on MUN during the past 3 months even though I didn't get to talk as much, but learning from what I saw hoping that it will help me in Amman. On the first day of the event, I tried to tell people to sign on my resolution to make i better. Unfortunately, I found out that my resolution wasn't that good. So I signed up with Angola which had a better way for solving the spreading of violent ideologies in school. Our resolution was debated in the social committee on Thursday; it didn't pass because of one clause that was repeated. And the other wasn't specific enough. The last day of the event there were four resolution of each committee that was debated I had a good argument for the social resolution that was chosen to be debated, but we were 250 nations and it's good enough that us Ivorian got to ask questions about other resolutions I really enjoyed these three days, and I am willing to make a better job in Amman, and get to speak more often.


The Dominican Republic
Hamad Al-Sager-D-Ambassador
Ala'a Al-Sayer-S
Lamia Al-Loughani-HR
The Dominican Republic



Statements of Delegates

Hamad Al-Sager, Disarmament

This was an amazing experience for me as an ambassador (click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book) for the first time and for my group as delegates of their first real MUN event. As a delegate in the Disarmament Commission, I learned new stuff regarding the resolutions that we have debated. I met new people who helped throughout the event. In my past experiences that I have endured during my MUN career, I would say that this was my toughest MUN event. I fought to be main submitter. I also had a hard time getting picked in order to say a point of information, or have the floor. All in all, this new experience has taught me a lot of stuff.


Ala'a Al-Sayer, Environment

For me, MUN is a real hard course that some have to endure in his high school career. As my first real MUN event, I saw it as a very interesting and exciting experience. I, a woman who usually is scared to talk in front of a crowd, had a chance, to talk in front of everybody in the general assembly. I would have talked more if only the chair had chosen me, but compared to the other countries who talked, our group was pretty amazing.


Lamia Al-Loughani, Human Rights

This was an extremely magnificent event for me to attend and experience. Since it was my first time to attend an MUN event, I learned so much from delegate of other countries and mostly from my ambassador Hamad al Sager. He has taught me so much about the parliamentary procedure and how to act as a professional delegate at an important meeting and he has drawn my attention to the world's most fascinating issues and problems occurring. In this event I have accomplished the ability to be able to speak in front of anyone with all my confidence and standing up for what I believe; and that with time problems can be resolved. Finally and in conclusion I would like to say that I am glad for attending such an amazing event that has taught me so much. I would to thank everyone especially Mr.Dan and Dr. Anthony for all they had done.


Indonesia
Amna Al-Sager-HR-Ambassador
Fahed Al-Rushaid-D
Nouriya Al-Sager-S
Ahmad Al-Qamlas-E
Statement of Delegates

Fahed Al-Rushaid, Disarmament

The 2003 KSAA event was my first major MUN event. From this event I gained a lot and gained a lot of experience. During the first day which was lobbing and merging I along with Cote D'ivoire put together a great resolution that unfortunately was not debated the following day in my committee. This gave me a bad impression on the host school. The impression was that they only chose resolutions from ASK and their school. On the bright side as one country which was the republic of Indonesia we made a lot of progress we were the first group from BBS that had our resolution debated in the GA. And from the efforts of our group members our resolution on human rights was passed.


Ahmad Al-Qamlas, Environment

In the event my country was Indonesia and I accomplished many things in the event. First of all in the first day of lobbying and merging I with the help of many in my group was successful to gather 23 votes for the resolution that I helped in which reached to the GA and passed. I also learned how to act as a professional delegate and how other delegates acted. I was able to trash 3 severely bad resolution in the Environmental Organization Debate, and in the GA my group and I voted for 2 resolutions the environmental and the human rights and abstained for the rest 2 resolutions. Lastly I was glad to participate in the event.



Ahmad consults with Laila.


Amna Al-Sager, Human Rights and Ambassador

This was an extremely successful and productive MUN event for the Republic of Indonesia (click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book). In this event the delegate in the Human Rights Commission (Ambassador) productively debated her resolution as main submitter. After a rather tense debate, the resolution passed through the commission with a vote of 31 for the resolution and only 4 against, the resolution was then debated further in the General Assembly. The resolution was debated very thoroughly and was then passed in the General Assembly; then a BBS resolution had reached the General Assembly and passed through the General Assembly for the first time in the past eight years. That wonderful accomplishment was by the Republic of Indonesia, by the Human Rights Delegate Amna Al-Sager.

Amna debates in the GA.



Nouriya Al-Sager, Social

In this event, the Republic of Indonesia accomplished a great deal of things. The republic Indonesia gained its respect and trust among the other fellow countries, the republic also proved to other countries how diplomatic and wise it was into making its decisions. The republic of Indonesia was the main submitter to a very strong resolution which unfortunately was not brought up in the social committee. During its experience in the general Assembly and the Social forum, the republic of Indonesia got known for being able to kill and not be killed. This country was able to break every single resolution that it was against.


Latvia
Saud Al-Subei-S-Ambassador
Ahmad Al-Mdaires-D
Fatima Abdulkareem-E
Laila Barghouti-HR
Latvia


Statements of Delegates

Abdullah, Defense

In this event KITMUN was my first experience I ever had for day one. I became main co-submmitter for a resolution which was done by Dominican Republic. I was in the disarmament committee I was recognized as one of the best delegates in that committee along with Angola and Pakistan. In the third we went to general assembly and we as Latvia only were Laila which made face them. We faced other countries and resolutions my resolution was not debated neither in Disarmament committee nor the GA we BBS students felt that we were kept out, but the best thing was that Indonesia got their resolution debated.


Abdullah gets ready for the event.


Laila, Environment

The first day we were lobbing and merging, I was with a group that had students from AIS and BBS. We did a good resolution that had clauses from each resolution and it was going debated the next day, however, it didnít get debated. Then the last hour the country said its opening speech. The next day we debated some resolution, I spoke twice against 2 different resolutions. The third day we continued debating, however, we debated with all the commissions. Then we listened to the Canadian ambassador to Kuwait.


Fatima, Human Rights:

What Latvia did in the KFSAC event is that it merged with Indonesia in its resolution about the anti-terrorism policies and practices and it became a main co- submitter. Then Latvia looked and found signers to sign this well put resolution. Then it was debated by the Human rights Commission. It passed by a lot of votes for it. So it passed to the general assembly forum and it also passed so it became the first BBS resolution to pass the general Assembly forum. This was a good thing, and it made BBS students proud of Indonesia for its hard work. Latvia also met a lot of old and forgotten friends from other schools. I had a great time


Saud, Social and Ambassador:

At the day of the event I showed up with my resolution prepared to fight for it (click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book). It had only taken me till 5 PM (fotoor time) to get all the required signatures. After that Indonesia decided to drop and become co-submitter on my resolution gaining me about 10 more signatures. After fotoor and approval panel being setup, I got my resolution to there and it was fixed with the needed changes and passed. That was the end of the first day, I had came home pretty sick and could not attend the next 2 following event days because I was in the hospital.



Tanzania
Mishal Al-Rashoud-D-Ambassador
Altaf Al-Dukair-HR
Sara Fakhral-Deen-E
Yousef Al-Quaid-S
Tanzania


Statement of Delegates

Mishal, Defense and Ambassador

At KITMUN this year I had a good time (click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book). I came out as a main co-submitter on a resolution that was also debated in the GA. It was not debated in the disarmament commission. In the first day I spoke for resolutions that helped my country and all of them passed. I spoke against some resolutions and proved flaws in the resolution that should have failed them, yet some of them passed regretfully. in the GA I had numerous speeches yet I was not called on to speak, had I been chosen I would have had a more joyful experience.


Sara, Environment

What My Country Accomplished At KITMUN, my country, Tanzania, accomplished a whole lot, and experienced a lot, too, at least the environment delegate of Tanzania did. At first, during the lobbying and merging, Tanzania experienced how irritating other countries can be, and how loud a delegate can yell to get the main-submitter position. Later, in the first day, Tanzania experienced speaking up in front of more than 200 delegates, and reading the opening speech written by the ambassador. On the second day, the day that the resolutions in each commission were debated, Tanzania accomplished the task of speaking against the bad resolutions, and giving or stating specific reasons why the resolution was not good enough to pass. Shortly after the break in the second day, Tanzania experienced the feeling of being betrayed by the main-submitter of its resolution. The main-submitter denied that it had lied to Tanzania, while it really did lie. Tanzania also realized that the second co-submitter went against genetically modified foods, while they plant and grow GMF in their own country. Furthermore, the third day was smooth with Tanzania, some of the GA resolutions were good, and some were bad, the four delegates of Tanzania thought very well before voting for or against a resolution. Moreover, Tanzaniaís four delegates raised their placard every time they had something to say; however, Tanzania got to speak a few times, only, but that was really good, because there are more than 200 other students who were present. Therefore, whenever Tanzania got the chance, it did speak, and the four delegates gave good speeches and good points of information. So, Tanzania experienced and accomplished several things during KSAA.


Altaf, Human Rights

Besides being the delegate of Tanzania in this KITMUN event, I experienced new things such as being a co-submitter on a resolution that was passed after an intriguing debate, which concluded that the resolution was in the benefit of all nations taking part in the event. I spoke on numerous resolutions, for, against and in open debate. I also made a speech in the GA, which was a breathtaking. I enjoyed participating in this event and speaking in front of many nations, and I'm looking forward to next years KSAA MUN event.


Yousef, Social

During the event, I observed how delegates from other schools lobby and merge. my resolution got nine signatures so I only needed six more which I didn't get! in the social committee I observed how the procedure go, since it was my first KSAA meeting, then I got into the habit and started asking points of information and I asked five times and talked on the podium twice. it was a very successful experience for me and I enjoyed it.



Uruguay
Noufah Al-Sabah-S-Ambassador
Sara Al-Muzaini-HR
Besma Behbehani-E
Uruguay



Statement of Delegates

Basma Behbehani, Environment

Not allowed to attend


Sarah, Human Rights

Uruguay played a strong role in the Human Rights Commission as well as in the General Assembly. Uruguay talked for some resolutions and supported them firmly because Uruguay believed that they were the proper solutions to some very important issue that the world faces today. However, some resolutions were undoubtedly vague and didnít have many strong points or took out the necessary actions in overcoming some issues. This caused Uruguay to speak against them as well as vote against them. In the end, Uruguay believes that this event was very successful since it allowed many countries to discuss important issues and try to solve them. In addition, it allowed each country to speak its mind and share its point of views. In the end, the event was very successful, exciting and instructive.


Noufah, Social

As the ambassador of Uruguay in the AIS Event, I accomplished many things (click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book). First of all Uruguay became co-submitter of two resolutions, one resolution that was written by Pakistan and another one that was written by Latvia. However, due to the prejudice and injustice involved in this event and the narrow-mindedness of the chair in the social forum, Uruguay motioned to overthrow the chair and eventually got barred from the forum, which Uruguay finds unfair and does not withstand with the rules and regulations of Model United Nations forums. Overall, the event was bad for some delegations in my forum since it was based on discrimination.


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Basically the Security Council spent the vast majority of its time debating the emergency situation which involved various declartions of war, terrorist events, etc.. Prior to this the council did discuss Africa's problems, especially those of West Africa. The two SC countries, Pakistan and Angola also had a major presence in the GA.


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Security Council Additional Issues
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1. Ongoing disputes concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo
2. Security concerns in the region of Cote D'Ivoire and Liberia
3. The ongoing dispute over the region of Kashmir



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SC Country Highlights
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Angola
Nasser Al-Aujan-HR-Ambassador
Hamad Al-Essa-SC-Vice-Ambassador
Dheidan Al-Shammari-D
Mays Al-Sa'ad-E
Abdullah Al-Ibrahim-S
Angola


Statement of Delegates

Dheidan Al-Shimmari, Disarmament

In the KFSAC event I played an interesting role in the disarmament commission. I spoke more than thirty times, speaking with two resolutions, which passed, and speaking against others. Nigeriaís resolution, which I spoke against in the disarmament commission, had passed in the disarmament commission yet it faced an extraordinary failure in the general assemble after the honorable delegates were actually listening to my speech. Egypt resolution couldnít pass the disarmament commission after receiving heavy attacks from me. My attacks on Egypt resolution lead to a ration of three to one in the votes, which made the resolution a shame to the delegate. One resolution which I voted against yet never got the chance to speak against has also passed, alarming that no country spoke against this resolution. Bringing into mind that Angola was the main submitter of its resolution without merging its resolution with any other country. Before concluding I just want to mention that Angola caused the United States Of America a great loss in allies and cause Libya and Somalia to have the incentive to declare war, the speech was projected to delegates ears in showing the policy statement concerning emergency situation. Upon the US What is wonderful about my performance in this event that the honorable chair told the assembly in the closing ceremony that he was astonished by Angolaís performance in the disarmament commission.


Mays Al-Saíd, Environmental

Angola is a corrupted country, and its citizens are starving. In this event, I tried to gain countries' sympathy toward Angola, through my seven speeches. If what we did was real, I expect that Angola would've received more donations from rich countries. That would've really helped Angola. Also, countries, such as the US, are condemning Angola for cutting down its trees. In the event, I made it clear that the citizens cut down the trees because they have no they have no other choice or else they'd die. So, I made it clear that Angola shouldn't be condemned. Instead, it should be helped economically. So, some countries' view toward Angola changed. Some countries used to think that Angola cuts down its trees for money, which is not true. At the same time, countries suffering Angola's same problem applauded Angola for bringing the issue up during the event. So, Angola was supported by many African countries. Also, I condemned the US for threatening Angola. This told countries that Angola believes that each country should have national sovereignty, which nobody has the right to intervene in. That made some countries, which hate the US, stand beside Angola. Finally, Angola developed better relations with Russia, Latvia, India, and Georgia after I lobbied and merged with them.


Mays follows the debate.


Naser Al-Aujan Ambassador, HR and Ambassador

In first KSAAMUN held in American International School, Kuwait, I Naser Al-Aujan, was the ambassador of the Peopleís Republic of Angola (click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book). Angola played a great role in all committees. All of the delegates in all committees were main-submitters of a resolution, however, only one was debated and failed to pass the Social committee. In the human rights committee, Angola fought for what it thinks is right and attacked and destroyed what was bad for the international community. During the emergency situation, Angola had a few riots against the American imperialistic acts. Angola refused the action taken by the United States of America and the war between it and Cameroon, which threatens the existence of the Black continent. Angola cut all oil exports, which is mostly exported to the US and EU, because of the war. Our Security Council delegate played a good role, for he intimidated the chair and forced him to take his permission before doing anything.


Abdulla Al-Ibrahim (Social)

In the KSAA event of 2003, I represented Angola; I was in the social commission. The event was very interesting and the most important part that I had to speak more than 20 times. My resolution was debated, and I was the main submitter of the resolution. This was the first time for me to do a resolution and gets debated, so I acted professional and as an expert. First, I was called to read my resolution, thatís the best part of the event, then I talked for the resolution. Unfortunately, my resolution didnít pass, but it was close. But I learned lots of lessons from this event. Generally, I did well for a first time. I am willing to make a better job in AMMAN.


Hamed Al-Essa V. Ambassador, SC Vice-Ambassador

After participating in this rather eccentric Security Council, I cannot but say that I am glad to be a student of The Al- Bayan Bilingual School and am greatly privileged to be a part of its renowned Model United Nations program and not that of another school. As the vice-ambassador of an African Security Council country, I spent the majority of my time preparing a resolution to deal with the volatile situations in West Africa and Southwest Africa, my country's neighborhood. Unfortunately, the highly detailed claus prepared to deal with Liberia went against the wishes of the United States which, realistically, led the opposition to voting down this clause. The resulting resolution on Africa was, therefore, much weaker. The crisis situation was somewhat unrealistic and hence disappointing. Taking part in this oddity has made me truly see the standard of Model United Nations programs and participants in Kuwait, and that the path me must walk is long if we are to reach a level of professionalism.

Pakistan
Khaled Al-Rubei-SC-Ambassador
Ahmad Al-Shammari-D
Abdhullah Behbehani-S
Besma Jilani-HR
Nasser Al-Qatami-E
Pakistan


Statements of Delegates

Ahmad Al-Shammari, Defense

Pakistan played a major role in the disarmament commission. Pakistan's resolution successfully gathered 15 signatures. It was also debated in the General session and passed. By a very narrow margin, its unique solution to terrorism via high technology narrowly missed selection to GA. In its commission, though, Pakistan was specifically cited for its strong performance and its numerous speeches. In KFSAC MUN Disarmament committee, Pakistan was a very active member whom countries feared them. Also, Many delegations in the disarmament committee had to keep good relations with Pakistan as well as Libya to get their resolutions passed.


Nasser Al Qatami, Environment

This was my first real battle ever. I, Nasser Al-Qatami, have gone to two practices. Fun is really not the right word. Effort, work, seriousness is the key to succession. During the event, I gained various ideas how the UN really works. During the first day of the event, I had some good clauses to share with my group. In the second day, we debated in the library. When the emergency situation happened, I was the first one to go up and talk about how India was harassing Pakistan. Most of my talk in the emergency situation was about the environment damages from India. I went up many times to talk about the resolutions either with or against. During the last day, I had the guts to talk in front of 410 people about dumping wastes in the environment commission. I wished that this happens once a month of something similar each month or two. I really like to thank my supporter, Dr. Dan.


Besma Jilani, Human Rights

Not allowed to attend


Abdullah Behbehani, Social

Pakistan played a strong role in the social committee of KITMUN. Pakistan quickly gathered the necessary signatures in lobbying and merging. However, its resolution was not selected for debate. Indeed most of the resolutions selected came from a very small number of countries who did almost all of the speaking. Thankfully, the next day's session was more interesting as the emergency situation involved Pakistan, and I had to take the place of my ambassador in the Security Council. There, in a very confused situation, I was able to preserve Pakistan's national interests. The final solution, though not adopted, would've called for a UN vote on Kashmir's sovereignty which, sure enough, Pakistan would've won due to the much greater number of Islamic countries in the GA. All in all, I played a vital role.

Abdullah lobbies and merges.



Khaled Rubei, Security Council and Ambassador

Pakistan played a significant role in the Security Council though I missed a good part of this due to illness (click here to read the Ambassador's briefing book). The first day's discussion, prior to the emergency situation, largely involved Africa which had only a slight interest to Pakistan. The second day's Emergency situation arose from an argument over a cricket match between India and Pakistan. As the situation developed, while Pakistan had to try to preserve its interests, also felt called upon to instill some reality in the session. For example, Pakistan needed to explain that it was not the smartest move for the Cameroons and Cuba to declare war on the United States, whose military budget is the size of the twenty military budgets combined. While the SC situation became somewhat realistic, I can say that I was present during the more lucid part of the session and asserted Pakistan's role well. It's a pity that I had a good resolution essential written on Kashmir, but it was not used.



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ICJ Highlights

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The ICJ Case for KITMUN 2003
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The United States Versus the Islamic Republic Republic of Iran over the latter's supposed posession of WOMD and the support of terrorism. To read more about this (click here to read the court's documents).



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ICJ Highlights
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Khaled Sharhoor, Chief Justice's Summary of the Case

The ICJ case that was debated in the KSAA MUN was the United States (represented by BBS and GES combined) versus Iran (AIS). The accusations that the US presented against Iran involved Iranís development of weapons of mass destruction, Iranís harboring of war criminals and international terrorists, Iran funding and supporting terrorists, and the instability of Iranís government. The United States prepared a memorial which included statements of fact, legal claims, and the judgments required. Iran later presented the United States with a counter memorial.

The case went very smoothly (click here to read the court's documents). Both countries started out aggressively by attacking each other in their opening speech, and then later providing evidence in a law suit that lasted an exhausting 6 hours. The US provided ample evidence, and threw the four main accusations at Iran, and Iran replied by throwing accusations back at the US and Israel. Iran, unfortunately, did not defend itself, and after 2 hours of negotiation, the judges unanimously agreed that Iran was guilty of all charges.




The United States

Statement of the United States Advocates

Saja Fakhral-deen, Co-Advocate

The first ICJ case ever entertained by a KFSAC MUN event, was held at AIS during the KSAA MUN event in 2003. The case involved the United States of American and the Islamic Republic of Iran. BBS represented the United States, and presented the case with strong efforts and lengthy speeches.

After three hours, the United States concluded its case. They were later questioned by the judges regarding clarification of the details of their case. Iran later started its case, and concluded it after three hours. The United States later rebutted their points. The main rebuttals included the fact that Iran had not defended itself against the accusations as it should have, but instead they just spent their three hours beating around the bush and deviating the whole case to turn it around against the US. The US presented the judges with more than three packs of credible evidence, while Iran presented the judges with a few packs of evidence from bias, unreliable sources. The verdict ruled for the USís favor, and the US won the case with all the accusations, and all their judgments were met after a minute change in the wording.


Muneera Al-Nibari, Co-Advocate

To participate in the first International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the KSAA event was an overwhelming experience. In the case, which resembles a lawsuit, we were advocates representing the United States of America that was basically suing the Islamic Republic of Iran on charges of terrorism, possession of nuclear weapons, and having an unstable and corrupt government. It was very hard to represent this case since my personal beliefs are nothing like those that I was supposed to represent, but we had to be professionals and work to prove to the jury that we the United States were not spiteful and that we were indeed looking out for the safety of all nations and that Iran is a threat.

This was hard to prove as the other side took to trying to make the jury feel animosity for us rather than look at the solid evidence that we had presented. Then after hours of the judges debating they came to a unanimous decision on Iran being guilty of all the claims and thus making them facts rather than accusations we also get all of our judgments with only minor changes. All in all the International Court of Justice was a riveting experience and I would recommend that anyone who gets the chance to try participating in the ICJ.

Muneera waits to speak in the case.


 

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