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  • Thursday, November 25, 2004

    Oil spoils shared out at WEF?

    Just a few months before Iraq was invaded, the following press release was issued by Friends of the Earth:Secret meet at WEF to share Iraqs oil? It would hardly surprise me if that were the case. The report identifies the following companies as potential beneficiaries [3], who are also participants in this year's WEF meeting: Vagit Alekperov, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lukoil Joint Stock Oil Company (Russian Federation) Nick Butler, Group Vice President, Policy Development, British Petroleum - BP (UK) Thierry Desmarest, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TotalFinaElf SA, (France). Sir Phillip Watts, Chairman and Chief Executive, Shell (UK/Netherlands) Politicians and government officials present at the WEF include: Colin Powell, Secretary of State, United States of America Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister of Turkey Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, United Kingdom Cheng Siwei, vice Chairman of the Standing Committee. National People's Congress, People's Republic of China Francis Mer, Minister of Economy, Finance and Industry, France Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Saudi-Arabia General (Wesley) Clark former supreme Allied Commander for Europe, NATO is also present at the WEF. Friends of the Earth International held a protest outside the WEF at 1pm this afternoon against the "secret oil meeting". Protestors displayed a meeting "agenda" which included two items; 1) "Meet Powell?" and 2) "Iraq, who gets what". They were gagged and carrying placards saying "Not invited: Human Rights, Environment, Trust, The Public and Oil War victims".

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