Committee: Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL)
Delegate Name: Grace Griemsman
Over the past few years, the tension in Libya has slowly risen to the point of a breakout civil-war. With the Second Civil War of Libya in 2014 came the battle between the General National Congress (GNC) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) for the power to be the head of government. Because of these two civil wars, it has left the country without a singular government, which is causing even more problems for the people of Libya. For example, gang violence and murder have greatly risen in Libya over the past few years. Also, many people have found themselves with a lack of electricity, food, and water.
Although Cuba wants the people of Libya to be ruled by one form of government, we do not believe that we should get involved in helping the movement at this time. Cuba still believes that one of the main reasons many countries want to get involved in helping Libya is to gain access to the plentiful amount of oil in Libya rather than the protection of Libyan citizens. If more countries were to get involved we feel this could lead to a larger problem between the nations.
On the other hand, we think that once the UN has a well-structured plan to help Libya we must help the Libyan people find safety first. In the past, there has been support of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi by the Cuban government, but we now agree that the importance of the Libyan people and the support for their safety is necessary to end this civil war. We believe that when the UN gets involved, we must focus on getting civil liberties for Libya citizens before anything else. Cuba believes the right to life is the most important right a human has.
- Grace Griemsman