Taliban unlikely to attend UN General Assembly: report


Afghanistan is due to address the current session of the UN General Assembly on September 27. (File)

United Nations / Islamabad:

The Taliban, who now rule Afghanistan after toppling the elected government of President Ashraf Ghani, is unlikely to represent their country at the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly, as representatives of the ousted dispensation still occupy the UN office, a Pakistani media report said on Thursday.

Afghanistan is due to address the current session of the UN General Assembly on September 27.

On September 20, the Taliban-controlled Afghan foreign ministry sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, asking him to attend the 76th session of the UNGA in New York.

It was signed by Taliban leader Ameer Khan Muttaqi as the new Afghan foreign minister.

A week ago, on September 15, Guterres received a letter from the currently accredited Afghan Ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, stating that he and other members of his team, still occupying the Afghan mission to the United Nations, will represent the United Nations. Afghanistan at the UNGA.

On Tuesday, they attended the UNGA session addressed by US President Joe Biden.

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“They will continue to occupy the mission until the Credentials Committee takes a decision,” a diplomatic source quoted by the Minister said. Dawn newspaper.

UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric confirmed having received the two letters.

In his letter, Taliban leader Muttaqi said that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was “ousted” on August 15 and therefore his envoy no longer represents Afghanistan, according to Dujarric.

The nine-member UNGA Accreditation Committee, which makes such decisions, is unlikely to meet until September 27, and even if it has, it will not be able to resolve the dispute in both or three days remaining, the newspaper said.

He said Guterres’s office sent the two letters to the committee after consultation with General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives.

The current members of the committee are the United States, Russia, China, Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone and Sweden.

The United States was in no rush to support the Taliban’s demand to join the UN as a legitimate Afghan government, the report said.

Senior US State Department officials said they were aware of the Taliban’s request but deliberations “would take some time,” indicating that the Taliban representative would not address the UNGA on September 27.

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One possibility, however, is not to allow Afghanistan’s current ambassador to address the rally, as that would indicate support for the previous government and have far-reaching repercussions, according to the report.

“But the former Afghan government still has support in the UN and apparently India is leading the campaign to let its envoy address the General Assembly.

“Allowing a Taliban leader to address the General Assembly would be interpreted as recognition by the United Nations of the new arrangement in Kabul and the UN is not yet ready to do so,” the report said.

When the Taliban last ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, the UN did not recognize their government and instead gave the seat of Afghanistan to the previous government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani, he said. declared.

According to US media, this time the UN could be lenient towards the Taliban but only if they form a more inclusive government, guarantee human rights, allow girls to go back to school and women to go to work.

Meanwhile, Acting Afghan Prime Minister Mullah Hassan Akhund, in a meeting with special envoys from Pakistan, China and Russia in Kabul on Tuesday, assured them to work to meet international demands, including the formation of an inclusive government, the protection of women and human rights, reported the newspaper The Express Tribune.

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The Taliban agreed that they should include members of all ethnicities in the government because they believed that “Afghanistan is for everyone,” the report said, adding that the special envoys were also told that ‘there would be no restriction on girls. ‘education, but this would be done in accordance with “Sharia”.

The report said the Taliban leadership was aware of the fact that they had to work with the international community and that was why they were ready to respond to concerns from the outside world.

The Taliban have asked China and Russia for their support in efforts to thaw foreign exchange reserves. The United States has frozen about $ 9.5 billion of Afghanistan’s foreign reserves since the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by The Bharat Express News staff and is posted Platforms.)