Taliban Protest Cannot Represent Afghanistan at UN

Taliban delegation at a meeting with United States representatives in Doha. PHOTO/Reuters

ACCEPTANCE – Provisional government Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban protested the Committee’s decision PBB for not allowing his envoy to continue Afghanistan’s seat at the United Nations. According to the Taliban, the decision is detrimental to the Afghan people.

“This decision is not based on the rule of law and justice, as they have usurped the legitimate rights of the Afghan people,” said Suhail Shaheen, Afghanistan’s interim government candidate for the United Nations, as quoted by Anadolu News Agency, Thursday (2/12/2021).

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“We hope this right is handed over to representatives of the Afghan government in the near future, so that we can be in a position to effectively and efficiently resolve the problems of the Afghan people and maintain positive interactions with the world,” Shaheen said on Twitter.

Earlier, the 9-member General Assembly Credentials Committee decided to delay the decision on applications by the Taliban-led interim government in Afghanistan and Myanmar’s military junta to replace their country’s envoys.

Sweden’s ambassador to the United Nations, Anna Enestrom, told reporters that after a closed-door meeting of the Credentials Committee she chaired, the Committee had decided to postpone its decision on credentials in these two situations. The committee is responsible for approving the diplomatic representation of each UN member state.

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The decision to delay approval of the new envoy means that for most of next year, Afghanistan and Myanmar will not be represented at the United Nations until the next General Assembly session is held. The decision comes amid a looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and the US freeze on Afghanistan’s foreign reserves.

Several international organizations have warned of a humanitarian catastrophe as the country’s financial system is in disarray, while the market is low. Afghanistan’s interim government has sacked its envoy to the United Nations after the Taliban regained control of the country, following the exit of foreign troops and the fall of the US-backed government in August.

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