US tabs Iraqi oil leadership; UN dispute lingers

The UN Security Council looms large in any plans for the development of Iraq's petroleum industry and the sale of its oil, despite the appointment by the US of three executives to run that industry for the immediate future.Thamir Ghadhban, named by the US as interim head of Iraq's Ministry of Oil, said a plan would be presented soon to establish oil production targets for 2-3 months. He said the plan would concentrate on the domestic market, while exports await a "political" decision. "We are concentrating on the domestic parts of the Iraqi oil industry. We are not concentrating on the export side. These are matters to be decided later," said Ghadhban.He will direct an interim man...

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