Yemeni gov't says Houthis reneged Safer FSO repair deal with UN

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2021-01-29 | Since 1 Year

Moammar al-Eryani

Aden (Debriefer) - The Houthi group dodges in terms of the Yemeni floating storage and offloading (FSO) Safer and reneges anew on a deal allowing UN team access to the facility for assessment and repair works, information minister in the Yemeni official government said Thursday.
The international community, particularly the UN Security Council, is urged to adopt obvious position at Houthi dodges, practice real pressures on the group to prevent a looming disaster, and support the government efforts and public calls to designate the group as terrorist, Moammar al-Eryani added on Twitter.
Under the deal signed with the Houthis, the UN technical team was expected to mount Safer and assess its condition to decide if the FSO facility can be repaired or its 1.1-million-barrel cargo of oil should be discharged.
"Houthi repeated failure to honor their commitments proves that they uses Safer supertanker to blackmail the international community and get political gains, not caring for warnings of disastrous environmental, economic and humanitarian risks posed by imminent leak, sink or blast of the tanker," the Yemeni minister said.
The government fury remarks come one day after the UN said its team's arrival in Yemen to check Safer was deferred to next March due to procedural problems.
The UN informed Yemen's authorities about its concerns over several pending logistic issues, UN spokesman told reporters.
"We urgently need to solve these problems in the coming days" to avoid further delay," Stephane Dujarric added, noting that "commitment to the new timetable is dependent on Houthi goodwill."


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