Statement on General Assembly resolution "Repeal: "Ban On Secret Treaties""
A resolution to repeal previously passed legislation.
General Assembly Resolution #408 “Ban on Secret Treaties” (Category: Furtherment of Democracy; Strength: Mild) shall be struck out and rendered null and void.
The General Assembly,
Recalling how this chamber has previously affirmed that the nature and influence of secret treaties
pose an encumbrance on government leadership and their staff when members are excluded from an internal cabal to the detriment of making informed decisions,
cloud the realities of a diplomatic situation by presenting whatever conflicting information is necessary to negotiate, establish, and maintain secret treaties, and
create or exploit fractures within or between governments where discrepancies in a nation's foreign policy result in an international crisis,
Conceding that international agreements, beneficial to their members' stability, security, or economic well-being, can be the products of privately negotiated and established treaties when the challenges of conventional diplomatic exchanges would be politically or culturally insurmountable,
Believing the doors should remain open to world leaders and their diplomats who would only be willing to work toward a cessation of hostilities in a private forum, achieving steady progress through secret agreements, without fear of retaliation from their own citizenry or members of their own government,
Concerned that member states who are faced with mounting threats from a neighbouring military power are legislated out of the ability to establish defensive alliances in secret as a means of security against the risk of attack or invasion,
Lamenting that the resolution, which was sold on the premise of preventing subversive diplomacy, merely establishes a bureaucratic arm of the World Assembly by creating a committee to receive and publish documents indiscriminately, as submitted by member states in compliance with the resolution,
Aware that any nation may intentionally lengthen their treaties to include limitless volumes of text in order to obfuscate the agreement's true purpose during publication, or establish absurd quantities of treaties by this process in order to conceal which of the reported treaties are meaningful to parties with a vested interest,
Whereas such an alarming technique has already been used within the fourth clause of the resolution to establish an extraordinary redefinition of the words "secret treaty" to reference various felines and military weaponry,
The membership of this venerable body, in concluding that such an ineffective branch of its government merely adds paperwork to the desires of bad actors, while placing unfair and arbitrary restrictions on nations that rely on their diplomatic abilities to maintain the peace,
Hereby repeals GAR#408 "Ban on Secret Treaties".
The following statement was verbally issued to the General assembly by the present Latidonian delegation:
1. Whereas Latidonia recognizes the inherent value and compelling nature of transparency and accountability in diplomacy and the general use of state power, there is an inarguable utility that secret treaties serve - one which is difficult, if not impossible to replace through other means. An outright and absolute ban on secret treaties, while laudable for its efforts for a more open society, may ultimately lead to a completely contrary outcomes. As secret treaties often concern national security, as is noted in the resolution at vote, the security and integrity of these aforementioned open societies suffers as a result of the ban on such secret treaties.
3. The Latidonian delegation cites the historical General Assembly Resolution # 10 Nuclear Arms Possession Act. While certain elements of said resolution have been controversial, the Act also takes note of something essential. The first three clauses of the Act read as follows: "REALIZING that WA members are outnumbered by non members by about 3 to 1, ACKNOWLEDGING the fact that only WA members are required to comply with WA resolutions, NOTICING the fact that many non member nations are hostile towards WA members [...]" It is noteworthy that the first clause no longer rings true. Presently members of the World Assembly are outnumbered by non-members by approximately 8 to 1, which adds even greater weight to the concerns raised in the other two clauses. Disregarding members at the ideological penumbra of the World Assembly, members of this organisation are those that most often place the greatest value on the betterment of society, human rights and democratic principles. By weakening the national and internal security of all World Assembly members, our democratic societies are at risk of falling to those with no regard for our values - those mentioned in the cited clauses.
4. [While the necessity of secret treaties is highlighted in the context of matters pertaining to national security, specifically military issues, Latidonia also recognizes the utility of such treaties in other contexts, such as matters concerning internal stability.]
5. With the issue of definitions at hand, the Latidonian delegations takes the liberty of expressing its confusion in regards to the original resolution's last, absurd clause, which in on itself should have blocked the resolution from being passed.
6. As such, General Assembly Resolution #408 Ban On Secret Treaties should be replaced by a new Resolution, which goes into further detail in defining its scope and terminology, and which, while promoting vertical accountability and state openness, notes the utility of secret treaties and includes the possibility of such treaties under exceptional circumstances.
7. With all this considered, the Latidonian delegation is voting FOR to repeal the General Assembly Resolution # 408 Ban On Secret Treaties, and advocates others do so as well.