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Guatemala, Venezuela Discuss New UN Candidate


The foreign ministers of Guatemala and Venezuela have discussed finding a new candidate for a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

The two nations have been deadlocked for the Latin American spot during several rounds of voting in the U.N. General Assembly.

Guatemala's foreign minister, Gert Rosenthal, says his government has not yet decided to withdraw from the voting. But he said the next step is to agree who a new candidate would be.

Ecuador's ambassador to the United Nations, Diego Cordovez, hosted the talks between Rosenthal and Venezuela's foreign minister, Nicolas Maduro. The ambassador said the diplomats asked to delay further voting set for Wednesday.

Other possible candidates for the Security Council seat are Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Uruguay.

The United States has backed Guatemala in the vote with Venezuela, which has been critical of Washington's role in Latin America.

Some Western diplomats have voiced concern that Venezuela's president, Hugo Chavez, could use the Security Council seat to challenge the United States.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.