OSLO — Norway's new Labor government offered today to cooperate with the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to try to boost world oil prices, provided the 13-member cartel contributed by cutting its own crude oil production.
Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, in her maiden speech to Parliament after the conservative coalition resigned earlier this month, marked a change in Norway's attitude to cooperation with OPEC.
"If OPEC countries agree on measures to stabilize oil prices to a reasonable level, the government will contribute to such price stabilization," she said without elaborating.
Norway, Western Europe's second-largest oil producer, had previously sided with fellow North Sea producer Britain in rejecting OPEC calls for production cuts. Norway produces 900,000 barrels a day.