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Oil prices won't come down: Opec

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Opec president Chakib Khelil rebuffed on Tuesday calls from oil consuming countries to increase supply, saying that the cartel had already done what it could on high prices.
"Opec has already done what Opec can do and prices will not come down," Khelil told journalists as he arrived for a meeting with EU energy officials in Brussels.
Ahead of a summit between producers and consumers in Jeddah last weekend, Opec heavyweight Saudi Arabia promised on Thursday to lift its oil production by 200,000 barrels per day.
However, Saudi Arabia's increased output, to counter the fears of inflation-hit consumers, exposed divisions within Opec at the summit with Khelil and others opposed to a production hike.
"Other member countries don't want to increase their production because as they've said many times from our perspective we don't see any shortage in the market," Opec secretary general Abdullah al-Badri said.
In the face of calls from consumer countries for an oil output hike, al-Badri insisted that "the market is full of oil," blaming "other factors" for the high price of crude, including refinery problems and hedge funds piling into the market.
EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs urged Opec to do away with the grouping's production ceiling in order to provide relief to the market.
"In my opinion, there is no reason to keep ceilings on production," he told journalists.
"If there are no ceilings, markets will adapt much faster," he added. "In this respect we could expect prices to go down, not going up as the tendency has been till now."
French Energy Minister Jean-Louis Borloo, whose country takes on the European Union's rotating presidency in July, stressed that high oil prices were a concern for consumers and producers alike.

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