Afghanistan Voiceless As Annual UN Meet Wraps Up
United Nations, United States, Sept 27 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Sep, 2021 ) :The UN General Assembly drew to a close Monday without speeches by Afghanistan or Myanmar after world powers intervened in disputes over who would represent the two countries.
But Ghulam Isaczai's name was removed from the list of speakers early Monday in an move that diplomats suggested had been brokered by Washington, Beijing and Moscow after they did the same for Myanmar.
"I imagine" that there was an agreement struck by those three powers, an ambassador with a Security Council country told AFP.
Another diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, described it as a "wise decision." Last week, the Taliban wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres requesting that its new foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi be allowed to participate instead of Isaczai.
"The country withdraws its participation in the general debate," Monica Grayley, a spokeswoman for the assembly's president, told AFP, adding that the mission had not cited a reason for pulling out.
- Submarine spat - Many leaders chose to send video messages instead.
French President Emmanuel Macron initially said he would attend, before opting to send a video message that was to be played the day after US President Joe Biden spoke.
"It is rare for one of the five permanent members of the Security Council to intervene on the last day," said a European diplomat, on condition of anonymity.
Strict rules over masks and social distancing were imposed, with only seven people per delegation allowed. However, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was flanked by 20 people when he walked the corridors of the UN.
In all, speeches by leaders and representatives from all 193 UN members, apart from Afghanistan and Myanmar, will have been delivered, many focusing on international collaboration on climate change and Covid-19.