Historic Security Council
Agenda: Bosnian War [Freeze Date: 6th April, 1992]
Amidst the chaotic dissolution of Yugoslavia, new nations have sprung into existence. One of them is the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina- a nation that threatens to brim over with the ethnic tensions, ideological clashes and economic turmoil.
Bosnia and Herzegovina is a region with diverse ethnic groups- the most prominent of them being the Muslim Bosniaks, the Croats and the Serbs. After the Allies’ success in WW2, Bosnia and Herzegovina became one of the six constituent republics in the new Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Bosnia’s existence under Socialist Yugoslavia, for the large part, was relatively peaceful. Under the firm leadership of Josip Broz Tito, nationalistic movements all over Yugoslavia were supressed and internal cohesion was maintained for a while. However, following his demise in 1980, a power vacuum was created which was soon exploited by politicians advocating for extreme nationalism. The fall of the USSR and the failure of communist regimes across the globe dealt the final blow to this brief era of stability in Bosnia.
The first multi-party elections were held in November 1990 leading to a national assembly dominated by three ethnically based political parties. These ethnic groups had harbored hatred against each other since the pre-WW1 era. The Serbs held the Croats accountable for the ethnic cleansing of Serbs under the Utsase- a Croatian Fascist and Ultranationalist Organisation that ruled Bosnia as a puppet government of the Nazis during WW2. The Bosniaks, on the other hand, held the Serbs accountable for massacres carried out by the Chetniks in their fight for “a greater Serbian state”. Despite these age-old resentments, these parties formed an unlikely strategic coalition in the parliament with the sole purpose of thrusting the communists out of power.
Soon Croatia and Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia. However, Bosnia and Herzegovina was split in its decision- majority of the Serbs advocated to remain in the Yugoslav Federation while the Croats and the Bosniaks pushed to seek independence.
In a referendum (largely boycotted by Serbs) Bosnia and Herzegovina was declared an independent, sovereign nation. In retaliation, the first significant Serbian Offenses began in March 1992 in Eastern and Northern Bosnia.
Delegates, the choice is yours. Do you have what it takes to guide this turbulent nation to a safe future? Or will you choose to erase it from existence?
(Note that this is a semi-crisis, double delegation committee)
The Executive Board
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