Heavy security surrounded a meeting of Arab and Middle Eastern oil minister son Wednesday (21 April).
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Background: Heavy security surrounded a meeting of Arab and Middle Eastern oil minister son Wednesday (21 April). The meeting was held at a secluded hotel near Geneva, Hotel La Reserve.
Reuters in London -- quoting 'diplomatic sources' -- said that no details of the meeting were available but it was believed that ministers from iran, Algeria, Kuwait and Quatar were attending.
Geneva's Hotel Intercontinental was guarded by armed police. Oil ministers have stayed there on previous occasions.
At the Hotel La Reserve security was much tighter Barbed wire fences supplemented the police guard and anybody approaching was strictly checked.
Security precautions for such meetings have been tighter since a raid on the Vienna headquarters of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in December 1975. Ten ministers were kidnapped but later released unharmed.
Reuters' sources could not say if the Geneva talks were officially within the framework of OPEC. The next ministerial meeting of OPEC is set for 27 May in Bali. The organisation's rules state that an extraordinary ministerial conference can only be held if a majority of members agree.
Oil ministers have met informally before in Geneva, outside the OPEC framework, to align their positions.