UN: Taliban and Myanmar Junta Unlikely to be Accepted In

A United Nations committee meeting on Wednesday said it was unlikely to allow Afghanistan’s Taliban or Myanmar’s junta to represent their countries at the 193-member world body.

According to four unnamed diplomats, the UN 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.

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.

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.

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.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres had recently said Taliban’s desire for international recognition is the only leverage other countries have to press for inclusive government and respect for rights, particularly for women, in Afghanistan.

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