Russia’s Permanent Representative to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said that “no one is in a hurry” to recognize the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan and, accordingly, to let new representatives of the country into the United Nations. About it informs Reuters.
He also noted that unilateral sanctions against Taliban leaders should be considered, but “perhaps not immediately.” “The question of recognition will arise when the international community is convinced that the promises and commitments announced by the authorities will be fulfilled,” Nebenzia told reporters. It is about the protection of human rights and, in particular, of women.
The United Nations is reviewing competing claims on who should represent Afghanistan. The Taliban have appointed their Doha envoy, Suheil Shahin, as UN ambassador, and Ghulam Isakzai, the UN envoy representing the government ousted by the Taliban, is seeking to remain in office.
The nine-member UN Credentials Committee, including Russia, China and the United States, is due to consider competing Afghan representations next month, and a decision is likely to be made before the end of the year.
“The main thing today is to stabilize the situation in the country,” says Nebenzya. “The economy is on the brink of collapse due to the lack of any resources, which, judging by the statements we hear, are frozen and will not be released in the near future.”
These are billions of dollars in assets that the ousted Taliban government has deposited with the US Federal Reserve and other central banks in Europe. These funds were frozen immediately after the Taliban came to power.