Thursday, March 15, 2007

Chile and the UN

Thanks to my friend Mike for pointing out this story about the Chilean ambassador to Venezuela. Apparently he claimed that President Bachelet really wanted to vote for Venezuela for the UN seat, but then later changed her mind after consulting more with members of the Concertación. He was then recalled by the Chilean government for such inappropriate revelation of the president’s thoughts.

This issue stymied Bachelet. Last June, her administration indicated she would vote against Venezuela, then later she mentioned the possibility of a “consensus candidate,” and then perhaps abstaining. This now former ambassador claims she decided to abstain, but given the secret vote we don’t know how Chile ultimately voted.

BTW, Mike, looking back over my posts, you predicted it was a “foregone conclusion” that Venezuela would win. Too many pisco sours.


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