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OPEC President Rilwanu Lukman said in April that it was too early for producers to judge whether or not to increase output. However, at the end of this month at their regularly scheduled meeting, OPEC members will decide whether to uphold or renege on their pledge to keep prices within the target range of $22 – $28/bbl. Lukman said, "We have a situation now, where the market is good, fundamentals are moving in the right direction, but we still have the Middle East situation and Iraq situation, so it’s not normal." Several OPEC ministers said that they expect the group to keep production levels steady. Asked if OPEC intends to increase output this year, Lukman said, "It depends what happens in the international economy."
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