On Wednesday 20 December 2017 the Republic of Chameria president Festim Lato participated in a conference in the international city of peace and justice, The Hague, the Netherlands. The conference was organised in the run up to the 2018 membership of the Netherlands and Sweden of the United Nations Security Council.
“Under the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.
The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.
The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. And, together with the General Assembly, it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice.” http://www.un.org/en/sc/
The conference brought together a range of experts who are directly involved in the organisation of the UN Security Council membership of Sweden and the Netherlands. The focus was on the priorities of the two countries and what the challenges for them would be. An important focus of the 2018 membership will be to include civil society actors in the peace and security agenda.
The relevance of the United Nations Security Council for the Republic of Chameria lies in the fact that the Council is the most important international political body that settles disputes between countries and nations. President Festim Lato, as the legitimate representative of the Republic of Chameria, is trying to internationalise the Cham issue in order to come to a fair and balanced solution that will bring justice to the region and the Cham people. In the debate during the conference the president brought the Cham issue to the table.
The president requested the task force leader from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs when and how it would be possible to bring the Cham issue before the members of the Council. The hope for the government of the Republic of Chameria, as for the Cham people, is that the Cham issue will be discussed at an upcoming Council meeting in 2018.
Finally, the participation of the president offered a good opportunity to expand the network of the Republic of Chameria with representatives of the Dutch and Swedish government as well as academics and representatives from international organisations and NGO’s.