Neither Taliban or former government will speak on behalf of Afghanistan at UN: officials

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The dispute between Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers and its former government over who should speak at the UN’s annual meeting of world leaders finally has the answer: none.

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The Taliban had challenged the credentials of the ambassador to Afghanistan’s former government, and asked him to represent the country at this year’s General Assembly summit, which began on September 21 and ended on Monday.

But all challenges to credentials must be heard by the Assembly’s Credentials Committee, which usually meets in November and is not convened earlier to hear the challenge.

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UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that as of Friday, Afghanistan’s currently recognized UN ambassador Ghulam Isakzai was listed as speaking for the country.

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But, Dujarric told the Associated Press on Monday morning: “We were informed by the Afghan mission on Saturday that they would no longer speak.”

Afghanistan was due to deliver the final speech of a gathering of presidents, prime ministers, monarchs and ministers on Monday afternoon. But it was not on the list of speakers released on Monday morning.

A phone message seeking comment was left with the UN mission in Afghanistan.

The Taliban captured most of Afghanistan last month as US and NATO forces were in the final stages of their chaotic withdrawal from the country after 20 years, arguing they are now in charge and have the right to represent the country at the United Nations. Isakzai represents the government of former President Ashraf Ghani.

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the Taliban’s newly appointed foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaki, said that Ghani had been “outed” by August 15 and that countries around the world “no longer recognize him as president.” Huh.”

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Therefore, Muttaki said, Isakzai no longer represents Afghanistan and the Taliban is nominating a new permanent representative to the United Nations, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen. He was the spokesman for the Taliban during peace talks in Qatar.

“We have all the requirements needed for the government’s recognition,” Shaheen told the AP last Wednesday. “Therefore we hope that the United Nations, as a neutral world body, will recognize the current government of Afghanistan.”

When the Taliban last ruled from 1996 to 2001, the United Nations refused to recognize their government and instead gave the seat of Afghanistan to the previous, warlord-dominated government of President Burhanuddin Rabbani, which in 2011 was a warlord. was killed by a suicide bomber. This was the government of Rabbani. Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of 9/11, was brought from Sudan to Afghanistan in 1996.

The Taliban have said they want international recognition and financial help to rebuild the war-torn country. But the formation of a new Taliban government poses a dilemma for the United Nations. Several interim ministers, including Muttaki, are on the UN’s blacklist of so-called international terrorists and funders of terrorism.

When members of the credentialing committee meet, they can use the Taliban’s recognition to press for a more inclusive government that guarantees human rights, especially for girls who had been out of school during their previous regime. were barred from, and women who were not able to work.

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

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