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19th Sep 2018

Nielson: "US wants to appropriate Iraq's oil"

The US wants to appropriate Iraq's oil, according to the EU's Development Commissioner, Poul Nielson, quoted by DRNyheder.

"The unwillingness to give the UN a real, solid, legal and well-founded role speaks a language of a certain pronounced character," he said after a three day visit to Baghdad.

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The promise given by the US to pull out of Iraq quickly does not appear realistic to Mr Nielson, writes DRNyheder, adding that the Danish commissioner is not sure that the Americans are really trying to give the Iraqis their country back.

"I think that the US are on their way to becoming an OPEC member this way. It is difficult to make things add up any other way", he added.

In Bagdhad, Mr Nielson had a meeting with a representative of the American retired general Jay Garner, who is handling the reconstruction of Iraq, and it is not least this meeting that has made him doubt the American motives.

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