The European Common Market Foreign Ministers met in Brussels on Monday (November 5) to try to resolve the dilemma posed by the Arab oil boycott of Holland.
The European Common Market Foreign Ministers met in Brussels on Monday (November 5) to try to resolve the dilemma posed by the Arab oil boycott of Holland. Holland, which has already banned private motoring on Sundays to conserve oil supplies, is calling on it's EEC partners to share out available oil in the event of a shortage.
But int eh light of Arabs threats to cut off oil to those countries which come to the aid of Holland, British and French officials have made it clear they want Holland to withdraw the request.
The British Foreign Secretary Sire Aloc Douglas-Home has argued that it would be much better to see how Europe can influence the political settlement of the Middle East question rather than discussing economic and technical aspects of the problem of oil supplies within the framework of the Community.
The fear of alienating the Arab states was strengthened after Sundays decision by Arab oil producers in Kuwait to cut back production by 25 per cent.
A further meeting will be held on Tuesday outside the EEC Council where the Nine re due to discuss the Dutch request for "Community solidarity" and hope to find a political solution to an embarrassing dilemma.