New York, 28 September 2012 (dpa/MIA) — The General Debate of the UN General Assembly came to an end on Monday without contributions from Afghanistan or Myanmar.
An address by the representative from East Timor closed the six days of speeches during the 76th General Debate in New York.
Afghanistan and Myanmar’s speeches were cancelled after both countries’ representatives asked to be removed from the list of speakers.
There had been an earlier disagreement about who should speak on behalf of the two countries.
The previous Afghan ambassador to the UN, Ghulam Isaczai, was appointed before the Taliban took power in the country.
Myanmar’s envoy Kyaw Moe Tun also took his role before the military coup in February, which saw the de facto head of government Aung Sang Suu Kyi ousted.
After he publicly condemned the military, the government tried to replace him but have so far not succeeded.
As recently as Friday, a UN spokesman stressed that Isaczai was still registered as the official representative.
But over the weekend Kabul’s UN mission asked to be removed from the list of speakers, the UN said Monday.
The Taliban had requested the opportunity to speak for the country itself on the UN stage, as well as to nominate its own ambassador to the UN.
The decision on the country’s representation now rests with the relevant UN Credentials Committee, though as the body has not yet met, Afghanistan’s current ambassador retains his post for the time being.
The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August after the country’s Western-backed president, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country in the face of their rapid advance on Kabul.
While most Western powers are now holding talks with the Taliban government in Kabul, they have not recognized them as the country’s legitimate government.