UN General Assembly closes without intervention from Afghanistan and Burma

The debate at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations concluded this Monday with no intervention from Afghanistan or Burma.

A speech by the representative of East Timor ended the six-day speeches at the UN headquarters in New York without the speeches of the two Asian countries, which were canceled after the representatives of both countries asked to be removed from the list of speakers.

UN General Assembly closes without intervention from Afghanistan and Burma
UN General Assembly closes without intervention from Afghanistan and Burma

There had already been disagreement about who should speak on behalf of the two, especially since the ambassadors of both countries had been appointed by the previous governments of both countries.

In the case of Afghanistan, former Afghan UN ambassador Ghulam Isaczai was appointed before the Taliban came to power in the country on August 15 and, according to a spokesman for the organization, was still an official representative until Friday.

At the weekend, however, the UN mission in Kabul requested to be removed from the list of speakers, as the United Nations announced on Monday. The Taliban had previously requested to speak in the General Assembly on behalf of their own country and to appoint their own ambassador.

UN sources consulted by Europa Press confirmed that Isaczai had “withdrawn” his participation, which should have taken place that afternoon.

The decision on the representation of the country now rests with the UN Accreditation Committee, which has not yet met, but the current Afghan ambassador will remain in office for the time being.

In the case of Burma, however, the envoy Kyaw Moe Tun, who was the “de facto leader” Aung Sang Suu Kyi, took over his role before the military coup in February.

After he publicly condemned the military, the government tried to replace him, but according to the DPA it has not yet succeeded.

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