Members of the Guatemalan delegation including Guatemala’s Foreign Minister Gert Rosenthal, left, reacts to the results of the 13th round of votes to fill a seat on the Security Council which the anti-U.S. administration of Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez wants badly while Washington backs Guatemala, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2006, at United Nations headquarters.
Guatemala failed repeatedly to muster the necessary votes to beat out Venezuela for a Latin American seat on the U.N. Security Council, prompting diplomats on Tuesday to demand a compromise candidate.
In the 16th round of voting in the 192-member General Assembly, Guatemala had gained 108 votes to Venezuela’s 76, results that differed little from previous rounds. That was short of the necessary 123 for a two-thirds majority to win a two-year stint on the U.N.’s most powerful body.
The voting results led diplomats to call for an alternative â€” a step that would require the United Nations’ Latin American and Caribbean group of nations to agree on a new candidate. Guatemala and Venezuela would also have to give up their campaigns.
Guatemala has contributed many peacekeeping troops to various United Nations missions and it is a damn shame that Hugo Chavez and his machinations are preventing Guatemala from obtaining this seat. Venezuela which has had membership previously on the UNSC should withdraw.
However, if a withdrawl is not forthcoming any of the compromise countries: Uruguay, Costa Rica, Mexico or the Dominican Republic should be expeditiously chosen.
In any event, President Bush will be blamed for the impasse.
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