Official request denied: Taliban not allowed to speak at UN debate

Official request denied: Taliban not allowed to speak at UN debate

Official request declined
Taliban not allowed to speak in UN debate

Who represents Afghanistan in the United Nations? The Taliban wants to do so in the general debate on Monday. But his official request fails. It is still unclear who will speak for the country in New York in the future.

Despite his request, the Taliban is unlikely to appear in the general debate at the UN General Assembly. The representative officially registered as Afghanistan’s spokesman for Monday is Ghulam Isakzai, a past UN ambassador. This was announced by UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

After taking power in Afghanistan, the militant Islamist Taliban applied to the United Nations to officially represent the country on the United Nations platform – both with a speech at the current general debate and as a dedicated ambassador to replace Isakzai. with enrollment. The decision on this is now with the responsible UN Accreditation Committee. So far, however, there has been no scheduled meeting of the body, which is why the former ambassador to Afghanistan remains in his post, at least temporarily.

The committee consists of representatives from nine member states – the United States, Russia, China, Sweden, Namibia, the Bahamas, Bhutan, Sierra Leone and Chile – and decides which representatives and thus which states lead the United Nations. recognized by. In practice, the committee is dominated by Washington, Moscow and Beijing.

The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August. Former President Ashraf Ghani had earlier fled the country. Germany, the US and other Western countries interact with them but do not recognize them as legitimate governments.

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