UN Defers Decision on Afghanistan Seat at the World Body

The UN General Assembly resolution means that Ghulam Mohammad Ishaqzai will remain in Afghanistan’s seat at the UN for the time being.

The UN General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution to delay a decision on who will represent Afghanistan and Mynamar at the world body, meaning the envoys appointed by the former governments will remain in place.

Last week, the UN Credential Committee did not make a decision about Afghanistan’s seat and put it on hold for the General Assembly to decide.

The General Assembly approved the Credential Committee’s decision and deferred a decision on who will represent Afghanistan at the UN, which means Ghulam Mohammad Ishaqzai, the former government ambassador to the UN, will remain in his place.

The resolution was adopted by consensus.

The Credential Committee’s chair, Ambassador Anna Karin Eneström of Sweden, introducing the committee’s report to the UN General Assembly said: “The Committee deferred its decision on the credentials pertaining to the representatives of Myanmar and on the credentials pertaining to the representatives of Afghanistan to the seventy-sixth session of the General Assembly.”

The resolution says that the UN remains focused on assisting the people of Afghanistan as 23 million people in the country need humanitarian assistance.

The Islamic Emirate had proposed Suhail Shaheen, a member of its political office in Doha, as an envoy to the UN.

The Foreign Ministry spokesman, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, in reaction to the UN’s decision over the seat said the Islamic Emirate has a legitimate right to represent Afghanistan at the world body.

“The new Afghan government, as an accountable authority with sovereignty over entire Afghanistan, which has ensured security for all Afghans, has a legitimate right to represent the Afghan people in the UN,” Balkhi said in a tweet.

Balkhi said giving Afghanistan’s seat to Ishaqzai, who has “no working relation with Kabul and no authority over any part of Afghan territory is deemed a blatant denial of the Afghan people’s legitimate right.”

UN Defers Decision on Afghanistan Seat at the World Body