The Venezuelan government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean for a diplomatic trophy that eluded the late Hugo Chávez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Regional diplomats say the unanimous endorsement of Venezuela’s candidacy to represent the region on the Security Council came at a closed-door meeting July 23 at U.N. headquarters in New York.
When Venezuela last tried for a seat in 2006, the United States torpedoed the campaign. This year, Washington has been mum.
If Venezuela does win the seat, world leaders will almost certainly hear some fiery rhetoric from Chávez’s daughter, Maria Gabriela, who was recently chosen as the country’s alternate ambassador to the U.N.