The International Criminal Court said on Friday it cannot rule on a prosecutor’s request to reopen the war crimes investigation in Afghanistan until it decides who represents the country in international bodies.
The judges asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the ICC’s governing body to help identify which group officially governs Afghanistan from the point of view of international law.
It sought a reply by November 8. Prosecutor Karim Khan had asked the ICC to go ahead and said there was no need to decide who runs Afghanistan.
In response, the court wrote on Friday: “The request cannot be legally adjourned without addressing the question of the entity that actually constitutes the State Authorities of Afghanistan from 15 August 2021.
“The question of who represents Afghanistan at the UN remains to be settled amid competing claims. Ghulam Isakzai, the UN ambassador representing Afghanistan’s deposed government, asked last month to remain in his UN seat. , set up a showdown with the Taliban, which occupied Afghanistan in August.
The issues of UN recognition are dealt with by a nine-member committee consisting of the United States, China and Russia.
The committee is due to meet later this month or in November and Isakzai will remain on the seat till a decision is taken.
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