European Parliament Calls for Measures Against Oil Cut-backs

The European Parliament meeting here adopted a resolution last night which was in sharp disagreement with the joint declaration of the nine Common Market Foreign Ministers here on Nov. 6. After a long and heated debate which lasted until after midnight, the delegates accepted a resolution calling for an energetic joint European policy which “would not exclude political and economic counter-measures against the developing countries which have cut back their oil deliveries to Europe.”

This aggressive European stance was indirect contrast with the recent EEC joint resolution on the Middle last which has been widely described as pro-Arab and designed to placate the Arab oil-producing nations so they will lift their oil boycott on Europe, especially on Holland.

The British Conservative delegation strongly contested the part of the Parliament’s resolution calling for European counter-measures against the Arab nations and proposed an amendment more in the appeasing tone of the EEC resolution initiated by Great Britain and France. The British proposal, however, was voted down by a 21-14 vote.

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