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Taliban are unlikely to speak at the UN general debate


After the change of power in Afghanistan, the radical Islamic Taliban want to play at the highest diplomatic level. Since no meeting of the responsible committee is planned yet, they will have to be patient.

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A member of the Taliban talks to an Afghan in Kabul (symbolic picture)

Photo: Oliver Weiken / dpa

Despite their request, the Taliban are unlikely to appear at the general debate at the UN General Assembly.

The representative officially registered as spokesman for the country for Monday is the previous ambassador to the United Nations, Ghulam Isaczai.

This was announced by UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric.

After taking power in Afghanistan, the militant Islamist Taliban applied to the UN to officially represent the country on the UN stage - both with a speech at the current general debate and with the nomination of a dedicated ambassador to replace Isaczai .

The decision on this now lies with the responsible UN certification committee.

So far, however, there has been no scheduled meeting of the body, which is why the previous ambassador of Afghanistan is at least temporarily retaining his office.

The committee consists of representatives from nine member countries - the USA, Russia, China, Sweden, Namibia, Bahamas, Bhutan, Sierra Leone and Chile - and decides which representatives and thus which leaderships of states are recognized by the United Nations.

In practice, the committee is dominated by Washington, Moscow and Beijing.

The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August.

The previous President Ashraf Ghani had previously fled the country.

Germany, the US and other Western countries hold talks with them but do not recognize them as legitimate governments.

tfb / dpa

Source: spiegel

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