UN refuses to give Taliban seat in Assembly

12:40, 02 December 2021
UN refuses to give Taliban seat in Assembly Photo: Global Look Press/Xinhua/Li Muzi

A UN special committee has decided not to give Afghanistan's seat in the UN General Assembly to the new Taliban* government. The Taliban officials criticized the UN and called this decision unfair.

"This decision is not based on the principles of justice, since it deprives the Afghan people of their legal rights," said a new Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN Suhail Shahin.

Meanwhile, the former vice-president of Afghanistan Amrullah Saleh welcomed the decision not to grant a place in Afghanistan at the UN to representatives of the Taliban.

“The Afghan seat in the UN remains with the legal and constitutionally authorized representatives of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. We applaud and welcome this decision of the UN Credentials Committee and see it as a step towards healing the massive wounds inflicted on the Afghans by the Taliban," Saleh said on Twitter.

He also said the Taliban used the Afghan people's desire for peace to organize a military coup with the Pakistan military back-up.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the 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.

In addition, the UN committee announced that the Myanmar junta will not be allowed into the world body for now as well. 

In February the group of militaries committed a coup resulting in the government of elected President Aung San Suu Kyi being overthrown.

The coup caused protests and disturbances across Myanmar as the military government attempted to suppress the uprising with the fire. Several thousand people were reported killed during the protests.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.