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Florida senators ask U.S. to oppose Venezuela's UN Security Council bid


As members of the House of Representatives did before them, a group of senators on Thursday wrote a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting formal U.S. opposition to awarding Venezuela a rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Both Florida senators -- Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson -- signed the letter, as did four of their colleagues, two from each political party.

"In addition to President [Nicolás] Maduro's vocal disdain for the United Nations, his government's actions, at the U.N. and at home, run counter to the founding principles and norms of the U.N. Charter, namely the pursuit of international peace and security and the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all people," the senators wrote.

"Venezuela's membership on the U.N. Security Council would constitute a serious blow for the United States and United Nations at a time when we must collaborate to address the world's most pressing challenges."

Analysts have noted, however, that Venezuela faces no serious competition for the seat and is likely to be a shoo-in when a vote takes place later this month.