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Myanmar junta, Taliban condemn move to deny envoys seats at UN

1 Myanmar‘s junta and Afghanistan‘s Taliban authorities on Thursday criticized the United Nations for denying their elected representatives seats at the world body.

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2 The committee responsible for approving ambassador nominations met on Wednesday but postponed a decision on rival claims for the seats for both countries, diplomats said.

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3 The postponement keeps the envoys appointed to the UN by previous governments in both nations before they were toppled, by a coup in Myanmar in February and the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan in August.

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4 “This decision does not reflect the reality on the ground and the existence of our country,” Myanmar’s board spokesman Zaw Min Tun told AFP.

5 “We will continue to submit (to the UN) as usual in accordance with diplomatic procedure and the right of representation in accordance with international and local laws,” he added.

6 The postponement leaves Kyaw Moe Tun, appointed by the Aung San Suu Kyi government, as Myanmar’s envoy.

7 He made headlines shortly after the coup by showing the three-finger salute to democracy protesters from his UN chair, blatantly defying the board’s insistence that he no longer represents the country.

8 In August, US prosecutors said they had indicted two Myanmar citizens in a plot to attack him. The board has denied any involvement and has chosen former private Aung Thurein as its envoy to the UN body.

9 Myanmar has been in crisis since the army toppled Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy government, sparking huge protests for democracy that sparked a bloody crackdown by the junta.

10 In September, the Taliban asked the UN to accept their former Doha-based spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, to succeed Ghulam Isaczai, a member of the cabinet of ousted President Ashraf Ghani.

11 Shaheen on Twitter said that the UN had “deprived the people of Afghanistan of their legitimate rights.”

12 “We have the support of the people of Afghanistan and we are capable of defending the country, the people and all the borders,” he added to AFP.

13 Isaczai continues to occupy Afghanistan’s offices at UN headquarters and participated in a recent Security Council meeting in which he openly criticized the Taliban.

14 The Taliban have been seeking international recognition for their new government as the country faces worsening economic and humanitarian disasters.

15 There was “consensus” within the UN credentials committee to delay the decision, two diplomats who requested anonymity told AFP.

16 China, Russia and the United States were in the same position,” one of them said.

17 The nine-member committee will present a report next week to the General Assembly, diplomats said.

18 Source Credit: TheGuardian

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