World Action delayed on Myanmar and Afghan requests for UN seats

02:37  02 december  2021
02:37  02 december  2021 Source:   msn.com

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A United Nations committee meeting on Wednesday is unlikely to allow Afghanistan 's Taliban or Myanmar 's junta to represent their countries at the 193-member world body, say diplomats, Reuters reported. 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.

The United Nations will face a dilemma when its general assembly convenes next week, after both Myanmar ’s military junta and the country’s shadow national unity government (NUG) launched rival bids to fill the country’s seat . Myanmar ’s military, which seized power in February, has sought to replace the current representative, Kyaw Moe Tun, an outspoken critic of the coup. Both the junta and the NUG, which was set up partly by ousted politicians, are believed to have submitted applications to the UN ’s credentials committee.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A key U.N. committee decided Wednesday to delay action on requests by Myanmar’s military junta and Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to take their countries’ seats at the United Nations.

The announcement by the chair of the General Assembly’s Credentials Committee means that the ambassadors from the former governments in Myanmar and Afghanistan will remain in their jobs.

Sweden’s U.N. Ambassador Anna Eneström told reporters after a closed meeting of the nine-member committee which she chaired that “the committee has decided to defer its decision of the credentials in these two situations.” She said the committee has not scheduled another meeting and would not say how long the issue of credentials for Myanmar and Afghanistan would be deferred.

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The Afghan ambassador’s speech against the Taliban in Afghanistan was also canceled. According to the New York Times (NYT) on the 27th (local time), UN spokesman Stephen Dujarric said, “ Myanmar is not on the list of speakers.” Ambassador Cho Mo Tun has strongly opposed the military regime’s attempts to oust Aung San Suu Kyi. The military government then dismissed Ambassador Cho Mo Tun and requested that the UN appoint a new ambassador for replacement. In response, the United States and others mediated that Ambassador Cho Motun did not give a speech at the General Assembly, but

A seat at the United Nations has symbolic meaning, a benchmark of a government’s credibility and acceptance in the world community, even if rivals oppose it. But many diplomats and UN experts expect the committee to postpone any decision on Myanmar and Afghanistan for now, leaving Myanmar ’s ambassador U Kyaw Moe Tun and l Afghan envoy, Ghulam M. Isaczai, both chosen by now fallen governments. “I think the credentials committee will engage in what we might call creative procrastination,” said Richard Gowan, UN director at the International Crisis Group.

Myanmar’s military rulers sought to replace the country’s ambassador to the United Nations, Kyaw Moe Tun, who opposed their Feb. 1 ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and takeover of the government.

Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin said in July that he had been terminated “due to abuses of his assigned duty and mandate” and that Aung Thurein, who left the military this year after 26 years, had been appointed as Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador.

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The Taliban challenged the credentials of Ghulam Isaczai, the ambassador from Afghanistan’s former government which they ousted on Aug. 15, and sought to replace him with a new U.N. permanent representative, Mohammad Suhail Shaheen, who was a Taliban spokesman during peace negotiations in Qatar.

The Credentials Committee’s decision to defer action means that Myanmar’s Thurein and the Taliban’s Shaheen will not replace their predecessors -- at least for now.

Sweden’s Eneström said the committee’s report will be made public “once it has been issued for the consideration of the General Assembly.”

The members of the credentials committee are Sweden, the United States, Russia, China, Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia and Sierra Leone..

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