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March 29, 2007

Iran TV: Western Opposition to Gas OPEC Questioned

Broadcast 28 March on Iranian state satellite TV (IRINN)

Announcer: The favorable reception accorded by nations sucn as Russia, Algeria and Qatar to the Islamic Republic of Iran's proposal for the creation of an organization like OPEC for the sale of natural gas was followed by opposition from Westerners, who expressed doubt about the success of such a project.

Prior to this America and the West began extensive efforts to oppose treaties of cooperation such as the agreement for a pipeline between Iran, India and Pakistan.

Offscreen Announcer: While the implementation of agreements to sell oil and gas in Iran and neighboring nations continues through the efforts of responsible officials, Westerners have begun extensive efforts to prevent the spread of this trend.

Following the Islamic Republic of Iran's proposal to form an organization like OPEC for the sale of natural gas to consumer nations, cooperation among the world's gas producers has taken on a serious and official character.

This has produced a reaction by some Western institutions. An official from the International Energy Organization said the procurement and sale of the world's gas without Western dcooperation in the framework of a gas OPEC organization is neither scientific nor strategic. He said he hoped no one would nurture ideas about forming a gas OPEC.

Concurrent with the remarks by this official from the International Energy Organization, Western nations reacted with serious opposition to the plan to sell gas through a multinational and international organization, but so far they have not given a clear or logical reason for their opposition.

Based on official reports other nations besides Russia and Algeria have welcomed the proposal to form a gas OPEC and have set out to find a procedure for establishing such an organization.

Next month high-ranking energy officials from large gas-producing nations will meet in Qatar to analyze and study the plan to sell gas in the framework of an international organization.

Westerners have opposed any kind of gas cooperation agreement or treaty among the nations of the East. A prominent example of that is pressure by the American government not to implement the Peace Pipeline Project through Iran, India and Pakistan. Despite that, the governments of India and Pakistan have announced that they want to implement the gas pipeline project.

Interpreter translating remarks by Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukarji: We have made it clear to Iran that despite existing pressures we are interested in Iran's gas pipeline project, but price negotiations are continuing.

Announcer: India's minister of oil also announced in this regard (Interpreter's voice translating remarks by Indian Oil Minister Murli Deora): No nation can prevent India from going along with the project to transfer Iran's gas.

Interpreter translating remarks in English by Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz: The implementation of the project to transfer gas from Iran to the Indian subcontinent is in the interest of Iran, India and Pakistan and the three nations have the necessary will to implement this project.

Crossposted from Satellite News

Posted by John at March 29, 2007 5:06 AM

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