Monday, October 16, 2006

Venezuela in the running for non-permanent UN Security Council seat

Is the UN really this dumb? Really?

The United Nations General Assembly today elected Belgium, Indonesia, Italy and South Africa to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting 1 January 2001

A fifth non-permanent seat, to be awarded to a member of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States, remains in contention after neither Guatemala nor Venezuela obtained the needed two-thirds majority during the first two rounds of voting today.

Well if those are the only 2 choices, I guess I'd pick Guatemala especially after Hugo Chavez' "Bush is the devil" speech from a couple weeks ago. That makes his country the next best choice for a seat on the UN Security Council? In the two rounds of secret ballot voting, Guatemala got 109 to Venezuela's 76 in the first round, and the second round saw Gautemala with 114 to Venezuela's 74.

So if after a third round of voting, neither state gets the required two-thirds, voting gets expanded to all members from that region.

If Chavez gets this, expect two years of even more pointless UN diplo-crap than usual. I'm not sure if that's even possible, but I'm sure the Venezuelan representative will do their best to make the UN even more pointless than it already is.

UPDATE @ 2:57pm: Four votes now and still no winner...

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