Deadlock Persists for Security Council Spot

From Times Wire Services

Venezuela refused to abandon its bid for a Security Council seat despite the fact that it trailed Guatemala in many rounds of voting, creating a deadlock that led to calls for a compromise candidate.

In the latest round -- the 22nd over two days -- Guatemala garnered 102 votes to Venezuela’s 77. That result was short of the two-thirds majority of the 192-member General Assembly needed to win, and diplomats said it appeared that neither nation would be able to bridge the gap.

The General Assembly will take a day off from voting today to give Latin American and Caribbean nations time to seek a way out of the standoff.