Wednesday, October 18, 2006

No voting today

There won't be any voting today, in an effort to give Latin American delegates time to figure out a solution to the impasse. Venezuela says it would withdraw if the U.S. stopped pressuring countries to vote for Guatemala, but it is unclear how that would work in practice. The Guatemalan Foreign Minister said that Venezuela should withdraw because it is so far behind, but opened the door to both countries stepping back:

"We believe that the General Assembly should not be held hostage to the position of one country," Rosenthal said. "So there are limits of how far we're gong to try to carry this out, although I have to say that it isn't us that is holding the General Assembly hostage."

I think the further Venezuela pushes this, the more Chávez's image suffers.


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