Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search

 


Scoop Q&A With MFAT Re: UNSC Latin America Seat

Scoop Q&A With MFAT Re: UNSC Latin America Seat


By Alastair Thompson

An intense contest is underway at the United Nations General Assembly over who will get the next Latin American seat on the United Nations Security Council. According to reports the level of votes for the two candidates Guatemala and Venezuela are fairly evenly split.

Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez recently made a big splash in the General Assembly in a speech in which he likened US President George Bush to "El Diablo" (the devil).

It would be fair to assume then that the United States is doing its level best to back Guatemala for the seat.

Scoop ask the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on which side of the divide New Zealand was presently sitting.

SCOOP: Is NZ voting for Guatemala or Venezuela for the United Nations Security Council, and why have we chosen to support that candidate?

MFAT RESPONSE: Elections to the UNSC are secret and members' voting decisions are not normally made public. As the voting is still underway we would not in any case make our voting position public.

SCOOP: Did either of them vote for NZ when we last stood for the UN Security Council?

MFAT RESPONSE: We don't really know. Elections to the UNSC are secret so we can't be sure how both countries voted when we last stood.

So there we have it. Clear as mud.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>

ALSO:

Buildup:

Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>

ALSO:

Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>

ALSO:


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news