UN Postpones Decision

UN Postpones Decision to Give Afghanistan Seat to Taliban

A UN credentials committee has postponed the decision to give Afghanistan’s seat at the UN to the Taliban for a second time, according to the credentials committee report. The decision, however, could be reconsidered in the next nine months.

The UN credentials committee has nine members, including Russia, China, and the United States, according to Reuters.

The UN General Assembly is set to approve the committee’s report on Friday.

In addition to Afghanistan, the committee has also suspended considering Myanmar’s sits for the Myanmar junta and that of Libya to a rival group.

The UN credentials committee met on December 12 and agreed, without a vote, to “postpone its consideration of the credentials” for Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Libya “and to revert to the consideration of these credentials at a future time in the seventy-seventh session,” which ends mid-September next year.

Citing diplomats, Reuters also stated that the deferment of the decisions leaves the current envoys in the seats of their countries.

Afghanistan’s current seat is filled by Naseer Ahmad Faiq who is the Chargé d’Affaires of Afghanistan’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

He was appointed by the previous government that the Taliban toppled in mid-August 2021.

The Taliban regime has proposed Suhail Shaheen claim the seat and represent Afghanistan.

In addition to Afghanistan’s seats at the UN, most of Afghanistan’s diplomatic missions in other countries are still headed by diplomats appointed by the previous government.