Thursday, October 26, 2006

And the beat goes on

Negotiations today seem not to have yielded any consensus candidate for the UN. Both Venezuela and Guatemala are officially willing to withdraw, but for whom? After the Bolivia candidacy was clearly going nowhere, Venezuela offered up the Dominican Republic, but just as with Bolivia, it wasn't really discussed:

In Washington, the president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez, said Maduro had offered to propose his nation as an alternate candidate for the seat. But diplomats said this did not arise at the talks.

If this is true, then Venezuela's suggestions have now been shot down twice, from some combination of resistance to Chávez and the U.S. twisting arms.

Now there is a five day pause, and if by Tuesday there is no new candidate, then voting resumes.


Anonymous,  8:02 PM  

According to BBC Mundo, Mexico has proposed a compromise candidate, Costa Rica, who was slated to join the Council in December of 2008. They also suggested that this become standard practice for the Latin American block to avert any future deadlocks. Here is what BBC Mundo reported:

"El embajador mexicano Enrique Berruga, planteo a la BBC que, en caso de disputa, el elegido sea aquél que estaba previsto que asumiría el siguiente puesto disponible en el Consejo de Seguridad. En este caso, sería Costa Rica que está previsto que tome el puesto de Perú a finales de 2008. "

Greg Weeks 8:14 PM  

Costa Rica has been my guess, but let's see what happens. The DR is also a recently rumored possibility.

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