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How much will Venezuela pay to regain the right to vote at the UN?

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Venezuela lost the right to vote at the United Nations (UN) and failed to pay the mandatory quota to participate in the organization due to the accumulated millionaire debt.

This sanction is established in Article 19 of the United Nations Charter, which stipulates that nations may not vote if the outstanding amount is “equal to or greater than the total contributions for the previous two full years”.

This is the fifth time Venezuela has entered List of failures From ONU. The debt with the company in 2016 was $ 3 million, and in 2017 this amount was $ 24 million. The amount to be paid in 2018 is still one million higher, and by 2020 the country is still pending payment.

Currently, the country has to pay at least $ 40 million to get out of the list of losers and regain the right to vote in the organization’s general assembly.

So far, neither Nicolas Maduro’s ambassador to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, nor the Venezuelan foreign ministry have commented.

The General SecretaryIn a letter to the AFP on Wednesday, Antonio Guterres pointed out that eight member states had lost the right to vote and that 11 countries were outstanding in their contributions.

Other countries besides Venezuela include Iran, Sudan, Antigua and Barbuda, Congo, Guinea, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

It should also be noted that Article 19 of the United Nations Charter states that the General Assembly may authorize states to maintain their right to vote if they decide that the delay is “beyond its control”.

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The UN annual budget approved in December is about $ 3,000 million and about $ 6,500 million for its peacekeeping missions.

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