Members of the Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) opened a conference in Algiers on Friday (24 January) with a warning to the industrial nations against confrontation tactics.
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Background: Members of the Organisation of Oil Exporting Countries (OPEC) opened a conference in Algiers on Friday (24 January) with a warning to the industrial nations against confrontation tactics.
The warning came from Algeria's Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who castigated the industrial states for conducting "a campaign of unprecedented violence to blame our countries for all the ills of the world today."
Mr. bouteflika denounced what he termed threats of military intervention in OPEC countries, and said: "They are trying to establish a relationship of force, which has always been an aspect of their relations with the Third World." But he added that the OPEC countries had not given up hope of co-operation with the industrial states to create a new relationship based on equality and fairness.
Mr. Bouteflika said that the presence for the first time at an OPEC conference of foreign ministers as well as oil and finance ministers demonstrated the urgency and scope of the problems under study.
The conference was called at the invitation of Algeria's president Houari Boumedienno to enable OPEC's 13 oil-exporting member countries to prepare strategy for talks later this year with the consuming countries. On Saturday (25 January), the conference agreed on a summit meeting of its member countries' heads of state - probably in Algiers at the end of next month -- to give formal approval to strategy evolving from the current talks.