UN postpones decision to give seat to Interim Afghan Government

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The UN General Assembly approved a delay in the decision that whether the Islamic Emirate can send its ambassador to the United Nations.

According to the new approval of the UN General Assembly, the current chargé d’affaires of the Afghanistan permanent mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, will remain in his post.

“The Committee had before it two communications each concerning the representation of Myanmar, the representation of Afghanistan, and the representation of Libya to the 77th session of the Assembly,” said Carolyn Rodrigues Birkett, the head of the UN credential committee.

“The committee decided to postpone its consideration of the credentials pertaining to the representatives of Myanmar, Afghanistan and of Libya to the 77th session of the General Assembly, and to revert to the consideration of these credentials at a future time in the 77th session,” Birkett added.

Earlier, Reuters reported that the credentials committee said it could “revert to the consideration of these credentials at a future time in the seventy-seventh session” of the General Assembly, which ends in September next year.

“The chairperson of the credential committee referred the issue to the General Assembly approved the decision of the credential committee,” Faiq told TOLOnews.

The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid called on the UN to give the seat to the current government and the people of Afghanistan.

“The Islamic Emirate wants this situation to change because this is not a just decision for the people of Afghanistan. The seat of the people of Afghanistan is the right of the nation and the current rule,” he said.

He added that it would be “illogical” to give the seat to someone “who is representing the country.”

Political analysts said that Afghanistan needs to be represented at the UN under any circumstances.

“The major risk is that one day the seat will be suspended. Absence in the seat will not be in anyone’s favor. The best way for that is to bring reforms in Kabul,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.

“The seat will be given when the caretaker government in Afghanistan respects international laws and ensures the rights of the Afghan people,” said Abdul Malik Afghan, a political analyst.

Afghanistan has had 13 ambassadors to the United Nations since 1946. Mohammad Kabir Ludin was the first Afghan ambassador to the United Nations.—Tolonews