September 16, 2019
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 In Situation in Syria

Country: United Arab Emirates
Delegate Name: Hunter Sturm

Country: United Arab Emirates
Committee: United Nations Security Council
Topic: Situation in Syria
Delegate: Hunter Sturm
School: Williamston High School

In 2011, protests began against the entirely legitimate regime of Bashar al-Assad. Known as the Arab Spring protests, the Assad government responded justifiably with a show of force. As a result, protestors saw this as a show of force, and responded by taking up weapons against Assad. Sides were taken in the conflict, and over the years unjustifiable resistance has escalated dramatically. This includes a chemical weapons attack, as well as the overtaking of swaths of territory by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

Thankfully, Bashar al-Assad has been able to regain at least part of his land, but it still is not enough. Fighting continues on the side of the rebels, even with the assistance of Iranian and Russian aid. The United Nations attempts to provide humanitarian aid via convoys, but are simply unable to get it through.

While the UAE is a staunch supporter of the Russian Federation, the United Arab Emirates sadly does not wholeheartedly support what some may call a regime, but is really just a totally legitimate government institution led by Bashar al-Assad. The UAE believes the conflict is of a minimal issue, but believes Bashar to be a poor leader. A disagreement is one thing, but as an issue of leadership Assad is simply not the man for the job. Russia will still be a close tie, and relations with Syria will be made, but simply not excitedly with the likes of Bashar al-Assad.

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