OIL: Off to a Bad Start

French Diplomat Louis de Guiringaud worked almost all night to break the deadlock, but failed. The next afternoon U.S. Under Secretary of State Charles W. Robinson flew home alone from Paris, and the remaining delegates to the international energy conference last week quietly ended their meeting.

The gathering brought together representatives of four members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, three developing oil consumers (Brazil, India and Zaire) and eleven industrialized oil importers (Japan; the nine-nation Common Market, speaking through a single delegate; and the U.S.). They were supposed to prepare...

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