The Chairman of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr Said Oteiba, has warned of the growing danger of a superpower confrontation over oil.
CU Interior OPEC Chairman Dr Said Oteiba speaking in English at news conference in Tokyo
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: OTEIBA: "As an oil producer, I would not sell my commodity to any country which will take any unfriendly steps towards my country and my nation. And this is natural to any country. The Palestinian case is a world-wide problem -- it is not a regional problem now. There is a Palestinian people of more than four million. They are scattered around the world -- mainly around the Middle East countries. They lost their home. They are trying to get a piece of land which they had lost in three wars. This piece of land they like to establish -- a State for themselves on it. They like to live in peace with their neighbour -- including the Arabs and non-Arab neighbours. Why --- the industrialised countries do not have dialogue with the PLO -- with the Palestinians. We, as Arabs cannot talk on their behalf -- they are the best who can talk about their case and their problem. So I'm urging our friends in the free world to acknowledge the PLO and talk with them."
During his stay in Tokyo, Dr Oteiba was awarded a Japanese medal for promoting friendly relations between the United Arab Emirates and Japan. The First Class Order of the Sacred Treasure was conferred on him by Japanese Prime Minister, Masayoshi Ohira. He is the youngest person ever to receive this award.
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Background: The Chairman of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Dr Said Oteiba, has warned of the growing danger of a superpower confrontation over oil. Dr Oteiba -- who is also Petroleum Minister of the United Arab Emirates -- has been on a four-day visit to Japan. According to Reuters reports on Thursday (18 October), Dr Oteiba said there was a danger of war between the United States and the Soviet Union. The reason for this, Dr Oteiba said, was that the Soviet Union was running short of oil and would have to turn to the Middle East for supplies. Dr Oteiba also urged the "free world" to recognise the right of the Palestinian people. At a news conference on Friday (19 October), the 33-year-old OPEC Chairman said once the Palestinian question had been stabilised, oil producing countries would be able to guarantee the flow of oil.