From 5 to 4 Eyes
By Ida Bjørnvig
Australia is ATM hugely unpopular with the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Under the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, but even though the Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace, UKUSA finds it hard to agree the extent to which monitoring leads to peace. Australia voted against the recent resolution dealing with international surveillance programs in the Security Council even though they are the one out of five members of UKUSA.
UKUSA aka The United Kingdom and United States of America Agreement is a multilateral agreement for cooperation in signals intelligence between the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The alliance of intelligence operations is also known as Five Eyes (FVEY). Five Eyes is the top secret, post-war arrangement for sharing intelligence between these countries.
After the resolution was voted down, the delegate of the USA and the delegate from the United Kingdom, both from the Security Council, were in uncontrollable anger; and they wanted to share this with PRESS (we have censored some of the bad words they said about Australia…)
The delegate of the USA from the Security Council:
What we are complaining about is the recent resolution that was not accepted by Australia despite the United Kingdom and the United States accepting it. The resolution delft with international surveillance programs and the United States and the United Kingdoms fought for increased transparency and security in international terms.
The delegate of the UK from the Security Council:
Basically, the reasons why this resolution failed were because two other states abstained for voting and Australia voting directly against it. They felt the resolution didn’t tackle the issue at all.
However, all Five Eyes did agree that this resolution did tackle the situation and was very transparent and fluent.
The delegate of the USA:
Despite The United Kingdom, the United States, Russia, France and China actually meeting Australia’s concerning transparency and the conditions of which a person can be tracked by Secrete Services Australia wouldn’t listen. In the end we were able to convince Russia and China, the resolution didn’t succeed in passing because of Australia’s methods or missing will to cooperate with the rest of the Security Council.
We asked the delegates about their opinion of Australia after this event:
The delegate of USA:
By not supporting its allies even though its allies actually did as Australia recommended. The USA and UK can’t really see Australia as an important ally any longer due to the fact that we actually think they have spoiled our chances of getting a transparent and better international system.
The delegate of UK:
Australia has kind of went behind our backs and has really proven something significant to what the Five Eyes think of it and we are somewhat reduced to a Four Eyes nation where Australia is not included because the decisions the country made in this resolution.