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Obama to Welcome Venezuela on UN Security Council Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 08:35 PM

President Barry Obama is helping Venezuela gain a seat at the United Nations Security Council. Obama currently sits as the chairman of the UN Human Rights panel, where Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is also a member.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The unanimous endorsement of Venezuela's candidacy to represent the region on the Security Council came at a closed-door meeting July 23 in New York, said Amin Cruz, a diplomat at the U.N. from the Dominican Republic, which presided at the meeting."

Venezuela in the UN has received strong support from Russia and China.

According to the Houston Chronicle, "When Chavez last tried for a seat in 2006, the United States succeeded in torpedoing his campaign. This year, Washington has been mum. While Venezuela must still muster a two-thirds majority in a secret ballot of 193 member nations at the U.N. General Assembly next month, the lack so far of a rival candidate from the region means the chances of its candidacy being derailed are slim, analysts say."

Obama and Maduro are certainly 'comrades-in-arms.'

To read the entire article from the Houston Chronicle, link here:

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