United Nations. Afghanistan and Myanmar withdrew from participation in the high-level general discussion of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The spokesperson of the President of the United Nations gave this information. According to the latest list of speakers on Monday, the last day of the high-level general discussion, the names of Afghanistan and Myanmar are not on the list. However, the previous list of interim speakers contained the names of diplomats from these countries to address the general discussion.
When Monica Greeley, spokeswoman for the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, Abdullah Shahid, was asked about the absence of Afghanistan and Myanmar in the list of speakers on the last day of the General Discussion, she told PTI: We have received information that Member States have withdrawn from participation in the proposed General Discussion today.
He said Myanmar withdrew sometime back and Afghanistan took the decision over the weekend. UN Secretary-General’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Friday that Ghulam M Isakzai is currently on the list for Monday as Afghanistan’s representative. The Taliban last week wrote to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asking that their spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, be made Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations. He had asked to participate in the 76th session of the General Assembly.
After the transfer of power in Myanmar, its military rulers have said that the Myanmar Ambassador to the United Nations Kyaw Mui Tun has been removed and they want Aung Thurin to be replaced. Current governments in Myanmar and Afghanistan have nominated their ambassadors to the United Nations, while permanent representatives of fallen governments are still posted there. In such a situation, the decision of who will represent the two countries in the United Nations is to be taken by the Credentials Committee of the United Nations.
On 20 September, on the eve of the start of the high-level general discussion, the Secretary-General received a letter on the letterhead of the ‘Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ signed by Amir Khan Muttaki as Foreign Minister. In this, a request was made to participate in the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, held from 21 to 27 September. The Secretary-General’s deputy spokesman, Farhan Haq, said the letter also indicated that Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had been ousted from power as of August 15, 2021, and that (other countries around the world) no longer considered him president.
Ghani left the country after the Taliban captured Kabul on August 15. He appointed Ghulam Isakzai as Afghanistan’s ambassador to the United Nations in June 2021. The Taliban indicated in the letter that the Permanent Representative’s mission should now be understood and that Isakzai no longer represents Afghanistan.
The Taliban has appointed its Doha-based spokesman Shaheen as the new Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations. Haq said the secretary-general had received a letter on September 15 from the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations, signed by Ghulam Isakzai, Afghanistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. It contains the list of Afghan delegations for the 76th session of the General Assembly. It names Isakzai as the head of the delegation.
Haq said that the UN Secretariat has sent both these letters to the members of the Credentials Committee of the 76th session of the General Assembly after consultation with the Office of the President of the General Assembly. This committee will decide who represents Afghanistan in the United Nations.