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The Taliban ask for representation in the United Nations Assembly

2021-09-22T14:11:12.432Z

The Taliban request representation in the UN Assembly, a move that starts a diplomatic battle with a pre-existing Afghan envoy.



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The Taliban have requested representation at the United Nations General Assembly this week, a move that is expected to launch a diplomatic battle with the pre-existing Afghan envoy.

Afghanistan is currently represented at the UN by Ghulam Isaczai, appointed by the country's former democratic government, which collapsed under the Taliban advance last month.

The applications from the Taliban and Isaczai are now being considered by the UN credentials committee.

The Taliban, who now rule Afghanistan, instructed the UN on Monday to replace Isaczai with their own representative, according to a statement from UN Secretary-General's spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

"The Secretary General received a communication on the letterhead 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs' dated September 20, 2021, signed by 'Ameer Khan Muttaqi' as 'Minister of Foreign Affairs', requesting to participate in the '76 th session of the UN General Assembly from September 21 to 27, 2021, '"it said in a statement.

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According to the letter, Isaczai no longer represents Afghanistan.

Instead, he appointed Mohammad Suhail Shaheen as the militant Islamist group's candidate for permanent representative in New York.

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The letter also noted that former President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani has been "overthrown and [countries around the world] no longer recognize him as president," according to the spokesman's statement.

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UN observers had anticipated a potential conflict this year for at least two seats in the General Assembly Hall: those in Myanmar and Afghanistan, where new regimes have recently emerged.

But diplomats representing previous governments still hold UN accreditation.

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Isaczai has continued to advocate for his country, meeting with foreign envoys and even calling on the UN Security Council to pressure the Taliban to form a more democratic government.

Last week, he sent his own letter to the UN secretary-general with a list of delegates for this week's General Assembly and appointed himself as the head of the delegation.

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Both letters have now been sent to the UN Credentials Committee, Dujarric said.

A senior US State Department official said the United States "will obviously be following this issue closely and deliberating with other members of the Credentials Committee."

In addition, he noted that they do not expect a decision to be made before the end of the high-level week of the UN General Assembly.

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"The Credentials Committee in general has taken some time. I'm not going to predict how long this time will take," the official told reporters in a call Tuesday.

"I would like to point out that the General Assembly lasts about three months; the high-level week is obviously only this week, and I don't expect this issue to be resolved within the high-level week. So you have to watch that period." said the official.

The future of democracy under the Taliban, and in particular the rights of women and girls, is a hot topic during this high-level week at the UN, which has seen more than a hundred national leaders gather in New York.

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Friday to extend its UN Assistance Mission in the country for six months.

Report contributed by CNN's Jennifer Hansler.

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Source: cnnespanol

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