A UN committee on Wednesday deferred a decision on who will represent Afghanistan and Myanmar at the United Nations, said the panel's chair, meaning the Afghan Taliban and Myanmar junta will not be allowed into the world body for now, Reuters reported.
Rival claims were 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. UN acceptance of the Taliban or Myanmar's junta would be a step toward the international recognition sought by both.
The nine-member UN credentials committee, which includes Russia, China and the United States, met at UN headquarters to consider the credentials of all 193 members for the current session of the UN General Assembly.
Several diplomats had told Reuters that the committee was likely to defer its decisions on the representation of Afghanistan and Myanmar on the understanding that the current ambassadors for both countries remain in those seats.
While the committee chair, Sweden's UN Ambassador Anna Karin Enestrom, told reporters the decisions had been deferred, she declined to comment on whether the current ambassadors for Afghanistan and Myanmar would still represent their countries.
The committee - which also includes the Bahamas, Bhutan, Chile, Namibia, Sierra Leone and Sweden - will now send its report on the credentials of all members to the UN General Assembly for approval before the end of the year.
Both the committee and the General Assembly traditionally make decisions on credentials by consensus, diplomats say.
The Islamic Emirate's proposed ambassador to the UN, Suhail Shaheen, said the UN committee’s decision was not based on “principles and justice” and has denied the people of Afghanistan their rights.
Shaheen said the Islamic Emirate hopes the UN gives the seat to the Islamic Emirate in the near future to pave the way for better relations between Afghanistan and the world.