Yemen condemns UN “misleading statements” about delays to Safer oil tanker repair

Yemen condemns UN “misleading statements” about delays to Safer oil tanker repair

The National Salvation Government of Yemen has denied the statements of the United Nations regarding the urgent maintenance of the Safer oil tanker near the Yemeni coast.

The Supervisory Committee for the Implementation of the Urgent Maintenance Agreement and the Comprehensive Evaluation of the Floating Safer Reservoir condemned “the continued misleading statements made by United Nations officials, which are aimed to cover up the UN delaying of the implementation of the urgent maintenance agreement and the comprehensive evaluation of the Safer.”

In a statement issued by the Committee, it slammed the UN statement that was launched by the Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, who claimed that the Committee had submitted additional requests about the commitment to the agreement of the maintenance of the tanker.

Earlier, the UN envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and Spokesman for the Secretary-General Stéphane Dujarric, accused Sana’a of not granting the UN experts entry visas to carry out urgent maintenance, disregarding the fact that the United Nations did not present the final list of experts until February 14, 2021.

Additionally, the UN replaced a number of its experts, in two different occasions, with new ones, and provided expired passports to a number of others, which has raised many questions.

Despite condemning the UN statements, the Supervisory Committee stated that it renews its “full commitment to implementing the agreement and its keenness of concern for the safety of the marine environment in the Red Sea.”

It called on the United Nations to show seriousness in implementing the agreement, and to stop making accusations and misleading statements, noting that the agreement signed must be implemented in a way that prevents a potential catastrophe to the marine environment in the Red Sea.