Six rounds of polling in the United Nations General Assembly failed to break the deadlock between Venezuela and Guatemala over one non-permanent seat for the Security Council from the Latin American and Caribbean group.
Diplomats said that under pressure from the 35-member group, Venezuela and Guatemala have agreed in principle to withdraw in favour of an agreed candidate, but so far both have failed to agree on any one country from their group.
The foreign ministers of the two contestants are expected to meet shortly in an effort to iron out the differences.
Venezuela did not agree to Costa Rica suggested by Guatemala as the former thought it would increase the influence of the United States, diplomats said.
Venezuela too had suggested at least one name-- Bolivia --which was rejected by Guatemala.
Most of the members of the group are of the view that the two contestants should be allowed to select a common candidate but diplomats say that the group might intervene if the stalemate continued.
The six rounds held on Wednesday night bring the total number of rounds to 41.
The next rounds of polling are scheduled for next week unless some agreement is reached in which case the assembly can decide earlier.
In the latest rounds of polling, Guatemala got between 100 and 109 votes and Venezuela 72 and 84 votes. A candidate needs two-thirds majority to be elected.