United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is seen on a huge TV screen as he addresses the Annual Conference of Swiss Developement Cooperation in Zurich, Switzerland January 22, 2016. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
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The loss of voting rights in the General Assembly is perhaps most embarrassing for Venezuela, which is currently a member of the Security Council and will hold its rotating presidency next month. Being in arrears does not affect its voting right in the council, but being on the list can be seen as a loss of status at the U.N.The assembly did pass a resolution giving five poor and conflict-torn countries on the list the right to vote during the current session which ends in September -- Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia and Yemen.The letter gives the minimum payment that the nine other countries must make to have their voting right restored.
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