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US emphasizes UN special envoy appointment for Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
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A day after the Taliban rejected the UN’s appointment of a special envoy, the US State Department said that it continues to support the appointment of a special representative for Afghanistan.

The US State Department said that the members of the UN Security Council requested the appointment.

Hamdullah Fetrat, deputy spokesperson for the Taliban, responded on Tuesday to the remarks of the UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson, stating that appointing a special envoy for Afghanistan is unnecessary. He emphasized that there is no need for a new special envoy with the presence of UNAMA in Afghanistan. The UN spokesperson stated that the issue of appointing a special envoy is under discussion.

A spokesperson for the US State Department said that according to UN Security Council Resolution 2721, the council requests the UN Secretary-General to appoint a special representative for Afghanistan. He stated, “We continue to support this issue and await his appointment.”

Representatives of Western countries have stated that appointing a special envoy to coordinate global relations with the Taliban is essential. However, a diplomatic source told the Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune that the likelihood of the Taliban backing down from their position regarding accepting a special envoy for Afghanistan is low.

Citing its sources, Express Tribune reported that Roza Otunbayeva, the head of UNAMA, will initiate “serious discussions” with Taliban officials after Eid to persuade the group to accept a special envoy.

According to the newspaper, one proposal is for the Secretary-General to appoint a special coordinator instead of a special envoy.

The UN Security Council resolution on “Independent Assessment and Recommendations” of Feridun Sinirlioglu, the organization’s special coordinator, was adopted on January 9th with 13 in favor and 2 abstentions from Russia and China.

Mr. Sinirlioglu had advocated for appointing a special representative for the UN in his report.

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