July 10, 2008 / 2:03 AM / 9 years ago

New forum to focus on avoiding oil spikes: Harper

<p>Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper gestures as he arrives at New Chitose International Airport near Sapporo July 6, 2008, ahead of G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

TOYAKO, Japan (Reuters) - A new energy forum to be set up by the Group of Eight leading nations will bring together producers and consumers of oil in a bid to avoid any more price spikes, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.

“We want to bring producer and consumer countries together in future to see how we can make sure we don’t see these kinds of rapid escalations in the future,” he told reporters.

Reporting by David Ljunggren, Editing by Sonya Hepinstall

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