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NATO Statement on Russian Breach of Polish Sovereignty
The North Atlantic Treaty Alliance and all its members remain steadfast and determined to uphold our commitment to one another against breaches of sovereignty, as outlined in the Washington Treaty. With this in mind, we solemnly condemn the breach of sovereign airspace of Poland by the Russian Federation, according to the Articles 2 & 4 UN-Charter, the circumstances of which remain unclear.
As a result and in the interests of peace, transparency and de-escalation of tensions, we request the Russian Federation join us in establishing a collaborative independent investigation into the events that unfolded in Kaliningrad. An investigation through the independent Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) would facilitate an honest fact-finding investigation into the circumstances under which this violation took place, featuring the representatives of relevant and affected, as well as impartial, states.
Given previous acceptance of independent investigations by other organisations, and our reciprocal transparency offered to the Russian Federation by NATO in new multinational battle groups across the Baltic region, we see no legitimate reason to reject this proposal.
To reject this OSCE investigation would be gravely regrettable and would severely damage diplomatic ties. We would feel compelled to conduct our own investigation without Russian involvement. Some or all Member States of the alliance would furthermore feel compelled to expel Russian diplomats as retribution against the lack of cooperation by the Russian Federation. It would therefore be in the interest of Russia to cooperate and give its consent to the investigation within the OSCE.
Should an investigation reveal an intentional breach of Poland’s sovereign airspace, NATO would sincerely consider harsher measures such as economic sanctions, increasing its defensive preparations and further appropriate actions to protect its members’ sovereignty.
Lastly, we would like to emphasize that our primary goal towards the Russian Federation will always be to strive to maintain and uphold peace whilst retaining our steadfast commitment to stand shoulder to shoulder with our allies in all circumstances.
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Statement of the United States of America in the International Organization for Migration of March 6 2019
“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry S. Truman
Following up this beautiful quotation made by the 33rd president of The United States of America, we are noting with regret that today’s debate in the International Organization for Migration has proven once more that member states of the IOM still do not seem to live up to their promises and rather, especially when it comes to funding, continue to lean on the strong American shoulder. However, if we want to change things for the better, progress needs to be done, and that means that every member state of the International Organization of Migration needs to finally take responsibility.
The United States of America has been for a very long time the main donor for the International Organization for Migration. It is mainly thanks to the hard-working American tax payer that orderly and humane management of migration is still promoted, that international cooperation on migration issues can exist and that practical solutions to migration problems are found.
In today’s debate the IOM was focusing on finding tangible solutions when it comesto Human Trafficking in the Sahel Zone.
During the debate, The United States of America has however observed that other member states are not willing to financially get involved in regard to that problem (I.) which is why the United States of America is forced to concentrate on individual approaches on how to tackle Human Trafficking in the Sahel Zone (II.).
I. The lack of responsibility shown by other member states of the IOM
The United States of America has noticed a disinterest of member states getting financially involved in the crisis (A.) which is why the United States of America proposes an equal funding coming from every member state in regard to tackling Human Trafficking in the Sahel Zone to call upon every member states’ responsibility (B.)
Reluctance of member states to get involved financially
The United States of America has remarked at several occasions that any proposed solution in regard to Human Trafficking in the Sahel can in no way be put into practice when member countries of the IOM do not want to get financially involved. For a very long time, member states could expect millions and millions of dollars coming from the United States of America being pumped into the IOM. In the meantime, other member states were able to withhold their promises without consequences and furthermore did not seem to feel the necessity of taking responsibility as well.
From now on however, this practice shall end.
Leadership also means that the reminding of responsibility of every member state is crucial to an effective resolution. The United States of America hereby therefore fulfills its duty.
Increased responsibility of every member state: the Minimum-budget-approach compounded of equal funding
In order to approach efficient solutions for people and countries being affected by Human Trafficking in the Sahel Zone, The United States of America is urging all member states to pay an equal financial contribution to any further projects, regardless of their GDP since this would once again mainly harm the hard-working American taxpayer.
This proposed contribution shall serve as a minimum budget and may be increased by additional donations from each member state.
As of now, such a step seems to be the only appropriate approach in terms of effective funding as The United States of America is no longer willing to burden most of the costs on the shoulders of the hard-working American taxpayer.
II. USA advancements to finally decrease Human Trafficking in the Sahel Zone
The United States of America, being fully aware of the fact that outcomes from the IOM are not binding and that therefore member states may not stick to their promises despite having signed any productive resolutions, has found its own strategy when it comes to the Sahel Zone: the focus on bilateral agreements (A.).
In order to being able to fully focus on such agreements, the United States of America is considering to heavily decrease its financial support to the International Organization of Migration as an ultimate consequence to other member states ignoring the United States’ demand of equal funding (B.).
Effective approach towards regions affected by Human Trafficking in the Sahel Zone: bilateral agreements
The United States of America underlines that we will be focusing more on bilateral agreements instead of funding ineffective, premature projects of the UN. This approach gives us the opportunity to fully have the control about both financial contributions and furthermore their much needed transparent evaluation. The hard- working American taxpayer needs to know where our money is going and whether it efficiently effects or not current developments in the Sahel Zone. This shall be seen as a reward to every American taxpayer for its burden as funding will from now on be only spent in the full interest and accordance of the American people.
This bilateral approach has already been welcomed by all members of the Sahel G5 (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger) as it effectively helps their cooperation to finance both military and administrative forces.
Consideration of decreasing funding towards the International Organization of Migration
The United States of America will evaluate within the upcoming months whether member states are willing to take more responsibility, especially when it comes to financial funding, most notably but not limited to the regions affected by Human Trafficking in the Sahel Zone, and furthermore if those countries stick to their promises. If we feel that there is no progress being accomplished, the United States of America is reserving their rights whether to continue funding the International Organization for Migration with such a substantial annual amount or whether to heavily diminish our contributions for this committee, while being aware of the fact that other member states would in this case need to step up in order to keep the committee alive, a scenario that would be very unfortunate and that can hopefully be prevented.
The United States of America is very much looking forward to tomorrow’s debate andhopes to find a fruitful consensus.
– The United States of America, signed on the 6th of March, 2019 in Leuven, Belgium.