Britain's bid for its won seat at the proposed conference of oil consumer and producer nations found no support at a meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, France, on Friday (10 October).
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Background: Britain's bid for its won seat at the proposed conference of oil consumer and producer nations found no support at a meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, France, on Friday (10 October).
Agency Chairman, Etienne Davignon, told a news conference after the meeting that Common Market, Japanese and American officials had shown no enthusiasm for any change in the seating arrangements at the conference, which is scheduled to open in December.
Britain created something of a furore in announcing it wanted to have separate representation at the conference. Under previous plans, the country would have been part of the joint EEC delegation.
However, because of the North Sea oilfields, British Foreign Secretary, James Callaghan, claims his country has a special position and does not want to be solely represented by the EEC.
Senior officials at the IEA meeting said Britain's insistence on individual representation was unwelcome and unnecessary.
The IEA, which includes the world's major oil consuming countries, was set up in the wake of the Arab oil boycott. Its task is to plan for sharing world oil supplies in the event of any future disruptions.
Delegations from the U.S., Canada, Japan, West Germany, France and Austria were among those present at Friday's meeting.