UN to decide on Afghanistan, Mayanmar seats


A United Nations committee meeting on Wednesday will decide about Afghanistan’s Taliban or Myanmar’s junta to represent their countries at the 193-member world body, the diplomats told on Wednesday.

Rival claims have been made for the seats of both countries with the Taliban and Myanmar’s junta pitted against ambassadors appointed by the governments they ousted this year. U.N. acceptance of the Taliban or Myanmar’s junta would be a step toward the international recognition sought by both.

A nine-member U.N. credentials committee, which includes Russia, China and the United States, will meet at U.N. headquarters to consider the credentials of all 193 members for the current session of the U.N. General Assembly.

The committee will likely defer its decisions on the representation of Afghanistan and Myanmar on the understanding that the current ambassadors for both countries remain in the seats, four diplomats told Reuters on the condition of anonymity.

The committee – which also includes the Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone and Sweden – will then send its report on the credentials of all members to the U.N.

General Assembly for approval before the end of the year. Both the committee and the General Assembly traditionally take decisions on credentials by consensus, diplomats say.— Agencies

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