Houthis put preconditions for allowing Safer assessment

Sana'a (Debrefer)
2020-06-28 | Since 1 Week

Safer FSO

The Houthi group on Saturday asked for a mechanism to pump crude out of the floating storage and offloading (FSO) facility Safer and to allot its revenues for paying the civil servants, as precondition to allow the UN assessment team access to the derelict tanker.
Safer disputes "are not – as somebodies try to depict – over the assessment team's visit," member of the Houthi Supreme Political Council tweeted.
The disputes "are over assurances that the facility would be repaired after assessment, if any, and that a mechanism would be (at first) developed on how to pump the crude and the oil revenues would be deposited into a special account for constant payment of military and civil salaries, as listed in 2014 payrolls," Mohamed Ali al-Houthi added.
These steps "should be taken all at once according to the UN proposal and the comprehensive solution document," he said hinting at a vision presented by his group on 8 April to the UN on stopping the war.
The Houthi vision suggests that a UN-led technical mission would be deployed to assess Safer, make initial repairs, report necessary technical recommendations and conduct maintenance and renovations.
Based on the technical team's recommendations, a plan should be mutually developed to safely get the oil out of Safer and crude re-pumped to the tanker via Safer-Ras Isa pipeline, the document read.
The UN and the Yemeni internationally-recognized government accuse the Houthis of denying a UN team access to the FSO for maintenance purposes.
Anchored off the Yemeni western port of Ras Isa, the Yemeni State-owned tanker of Safer has not been repaired since 2014, with corrosion making the FSO along with the 1.14 million barrels of crude inside at risk of looming explosion and, thus, the Red Sea at risk of the worst environment disaster, according to UN experts.
However, experts think that the oil tanker can no longer be maintained as its damage is unfixable, according to the AP.


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