United Nations committee to review Taliban credentials to meet in November

The UN Credentials Committee that will consider the Taliban’s communication in which they appointed Suhail Shaheen as Afghanistan’s envoy to the UN is expected to meet next month, Assembly President general declaring that all 193 member countries will vote on the matter once the committee submits its findings on who should sit at the Kabul headquarters in the world body.

Myanmar and Afghanistan were the only two of the 193 member countries of the General Assembly not to speak during the recently concluded high-level week of the UNGA.

“Yes, I’m in contact with the (credentials) committee. Sweden chairs the committee. I have communicated the correspondence to the chairman of the committee. Usually the committee meets in November, presents the report to the General Assembly in December for adoption and I am sure Sweden will respect the calendar of credentials, ”said the president of the 76th session of the General Assembly of Nations United, Abdulla Shahid, in his first press. conference here Friday.

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Shahid was responding to a question as to whether he was in contact with members of the Credentials Committee on the issue of Myanmar and Afghanistan representation in the UN.

Initially, the permanent representative of Afghanistan appointed by the ousted government of Ashraf Ghani, Ghulam Isaczai, was on the list to speak on behalf of the country on the last day of the general debate on September 27. However, Isaczai withdrew his participation.

The Taliban had written to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointing their spokesperson Suhail Shaheen as Ambassador of Afghanistan to the UN and asked to participate in the 76th high-level session of the General Assembly of United Nations.

Following the February 1 coup in Myanmar, its military leaders said the country’s ambassador to the UN Kyaw Moe Tun had been sacked and they wanted Aung Thurein to replace him.

The question of who represents the two countries at the UN has now been referred to the Credentials Committee, currently chaired by Sweden and along with the United States, China, Russia, Bahamas, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Bhutan and Chile as members.

Shahid said the Credentials Committee would review the items on its agenda and submit the report, as other committees do, to the General Assembly.

“Of course, the General Assembly, as a universal body, makes a decision. It will therefore be the 193 countries that will decide, ”he said, adding that the Committee will examine and submit its conclusions, then all the 193 member countries“ will have the opportunity to decide. This has been the past practice and it has been done many times ”.

Shahid added that whenever the UN receives “conflicting” credentials, they are referred to the Committee. Sweden, as chair, will conduct the consultations, and then a report is expected to be submitted to the General Assembly in December.

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“So I am waiting for the president to convene the meeting,” he said, adding that the “final decision” on credentials will be taken by the General Assembly and then communicated to the administration “however the General Assembly decides ”.

Shahid also clarified that apart from the Taliban letter last month, no further communication was received from the group.

On September 20, on the eve of the start of the UN high-level general debate, the Secretary-General received a communication under the heading “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” 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly from September 21 to 27, 2021 “.

Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for the secretary general, told the PTI that the letter also stated that as of August 15, 2021, “Mohammad Ashraf Ghani is ousted and [countries across the world] no longer recognize him as president ”.

Ghani, who fled the country when the Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15, appointed Isaczai to be sent from Kabul to the UN in June 2021.

The letter from the Taliban further states that the Permanent Representative’s mission is considered to be completed and that Isaczai no longer represents Afghanistan. The Taliban have appointed Doha-based spokesman Shaheen as Afghanistan’s new permanent representative to the UN.

“A new permanent representative, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, has been appointed,” according to the letter from the Taliban.

On September 15, the Secretary-General also received a communication from the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations signed by Isaczai, containing the list of the delegation of Afghanistan for the 76th session of the General Assembly. . Isaczai has been listed as the head of delegation.

Both communications were sent by the United Nations Secretariat, after consultation with the Office of the President of the General Assembly, to members of the Credentials Committee of the 76th session of the General Assembly.

The committee reports to the Assembly on the credentials of representatives of UN member states. Afghanistan joined the UN on November 19, 1946, and Myanmar has been a member of the UN since April 19, 1948.

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