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Military Intervention: Fighting Fire with Fire

By Bryson Koh, TIME

Published: 20 Mar 2019 - 11:45 AM

Is Military Intervention really for the greater good?

Is Military Intervention really for the greater good?

Member states of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) had gone into a debate on whether military intervention should be used to fight militant forces with child soldiers. The above cartoon brings an insight into one of the main reasons why delegates had formed into two different blocks in the first session of the second day.

While some countries like Germany believed that military intervention was necessary in strengthening the security of militant forces in the country that faces the problem of Child Recruitment in Armed Forces, other countries like Macedonia believed that doing so would result in even more deaths, and since children were also in the military, they would be mobilised to fight. Countries like Hungary, Peru, Kenya and Macedonia were against this proposal of military intervention. On the other hand, countries like Germany and Costa Rica strongly supported this proposal.

The debate session finally concluded when all countries were agreeable with the proposal from Philippines, who suggested Joint Military Cooperation where intel can be shared and joint patrols or training for military personnel can be held. This was passed in the resolution at the end of the day, and the two blocks have since dissolved.

From the resolution that was merged by both blocks, they came to a conclusion that they would support increased cooperation between countries to withdraw children recruited by non-state armed forces from areas of conflict, through measures such as but not limited to:

Military cooperation between different countries to extract child soldiers from non-state armed groups through measures such as but not limited to:

The signing of joint military agreements, joint defence plans and similar deals that can provide larger scale assistance in combating non-state armed groups,

The deployment of joint patrols by countries in order to scout the locations of militant groups,

The sharing of data and information regarding militant groups,

The provision of military equipment for the carrying out of such operations in order to combat militant groups, with such military equipment including:

Firearms,

Protective gear,

Military transport;

This is just one of more than 30 measures in the resolution that was passed, targeted towards helping child soldiers. The UNICEF hopes to continue working towards the freedom of these children and put an end to the issue of Children Recruitment in Armed Forces.