U.S. intruding in Caspian

Slow negotiations, contrary to assertions of a U.S. official visiting Ankara last week, represent the least of the problems facing a proposed oil pipeline from Baku, Azerbaijan, to Ceyhan, Turkey. Much higher on the project's list of troubles is aggressive meddling by the U.S. government.In Ankara, Ambassador John Wolf, special advisor to U.S. President Bill Clinton on Caspian basin energy development, implied that the Azerbaijan International Operating Co. consortium wasn't negotiating fast enough on the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline. Never mind that the project is the most expensive of the main westbound alternatives. Never mind that AIOC doubts Caspian oil exports will need the pipeline...

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