ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Bombay-Friendly Bandh

the Arabs and suspicious of the Russians, the Europeans have fallen on each other end have been able to do nothing towards developing common policies apart from issuing empty joint communiques and even that after much wrangling, as was demonstrated at the EEC summit conference at Copenhagen. The summit in Denmark was convened mainly to formulate a common energy policy. But Britain and France, hanging on grimly to their 'special relationship' with the Arabs despite being affected by the oil cuts almost as much as their EEC partners, refused to countenance any concrete measures to share fuel .supplies. This refusal particularly incensed the Dutch, who are faced with a total Arab oil embargo, and the West Germans, the Belgians and the Luxembourgers, who depend on the Dutch refineries at Rotterdam for a significant proportion of their supply of petroleum products. Willy Brandt, the West German Chancellor, strongly deprecated British and French behaviour. Heath, the British Prime Minister, replied by using personal invective against Brandt and demanding assurances on regional policy when was not meant to be the prime concern at Copenhagen.

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