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BLOCKADES AND QUARANTINES [Archives]

Day 1 Session 2
PWSMUN 2015



The smallest committee proved to be the liveliest, with enthusiasm shining on the faces of all the delegates, as they actively discussed world matters in tightly knit groups after the snack break ended. There was informal chitchat among the Delegates and the Chair, but soon formal debate commenced.

The session commenced with the General Speakers' List, with Sweden taking the lead and conferring the Cuban Missile crisis. The President was happy to take a backseat as the debate on “Security in relation to the Cuban missile crisis” swung into ‘motion’. There were shrewd responses from the committee both when the USA deemed Cuba’s actions “immature", and when China solemnly stated, “The entire human race is in danger from these missiles."

Throughout committee sessions, there seemed to be confusion over the difference between a blockade and a quarantine. The Delegate of the UK was infuriated by the reappearance of this topic, much to the amusement of the committee. The Delegate of Australia stood up, enraged and positively shrieked, “ I am going to waste the next 30 seconds of my life explaining the difference between a quarantine and blockade. A blockade stops everything from coming in, whereas a quarantine filters it, have you never done any chemistry experiments in your life?”

Later on, there were many failed attempts by the Delegate of France to issue a motion, and so when the miracle finally occurred, the Delegate of the United Kingdom smugly said, “Can we applaud France for finally succeeding in passing the motion?”

This prolific session concluded with the honourable presence of Mr. Boyd Roberts and the Secretary General.

Reporter: Saarah Khan and Anshita Mehrotra
Editor: Rhea Uppal


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