No consensus over envoys for Afghanistan, Myanmar

The committee responsible for approving nominations of Ambassadors to the UN met on Wednesday without reaching consensus on competing claims to represent Afghanistan and Myanmar, diplomats said.

“The committee has decided to defer its decision of the credentials in these two situations,” said Anna Karin Enestrom, Sweden’s UN envoy and chairwoman of the credentials committee, whose nine members include the United States, Russia and China. The committee had received competing requests from the old and new regimes of the two states over who should represent them at the United Nations. The committee is due to submit its report next week to the General Assembly, which will be left to decide via a possible vote if its 200 members fail to reach a consensus, diplomats said.

There was “consensus” within the committee to refer the two cases to the assembly, two diplomats told AFP on condition of anonymity.

“China, Russia and the United States were in the same position,” said one of them. “Consensus was very clear and quickly achieved.”

For several months, the United States, Russia and China had shown little appetite for organizing a meeting of the UN credentials commission, which had initially been scheduled for November, despite pressure from the Taliban to obtain international recognition.

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