US: Venezuela lost UNSC seat with attack on Bush

November 2, 2006 23:28


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US Ambassador John Bolton said Thursday that Venezuela defeated itself in the race for a seat on the UN Security Council with President Hugo Chavez's "unconscionable" attack on US President George W. Bush at the General Assembly. "It was an act of 'podiacide,"' otherwise known as shooting yourself in the foot, Bolton told reporters. Venezuela's UN Ambassador Francisco Arias Cardenas shot back: "They should learn their lesson about what arrogance, bullying and strong-arming mean." The race for the council seat became highly political because the United States supported Guatemala over leftist Venezuela, which is led by the fiercely anti-American Chavez, who referred to Bush as "the devil" in his speech in September to the General Assembly ministerial meeting.

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