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At U.N., dual camps but no takers for Taliban recognition

Afghanistan not represented and still sanctioned after week of deliberations

The United Nations headquarters building is seen from inside the General Assembly hall before heads of state begin to address the annual gathering.    © Reuters

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations General Assembly that closed Monday saw Taliban-controlled Afghanistan emerge as the "no man's land" of international relations and procedures, with questions looming about its legitimacy, economy and future.

A diplomatic crossfire erupted over whether to "sanction or support" the Taliban, with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, the so-called P5, divided. China, the U.S. and Russia took clear positions. France made a token mention, and the U.K. did not raise the issue.

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