United Nations fails yet again in ensuring urgently needed repairs to Safer oil reservoir

United Nations fails yet again in ensuring urgently needed repairs to Safer oil reservoir

The Supervisory Committee for the Implementation of the Urgent Maintenance Agreement and the Comprehensive Evaluation of the Safer Floating Tank has expressed its disappointment due to the United Nations’ failure to implement the memorandum of understanding that was signed on March 5.

In a statement, the committee stated that the memorandum of understanding stipulated that the United Nations “will prepare an operational plan in accordance with the contents of the memorandum,” but the United Nations did not commit to this, and has still not submitted a plan despite the passage of more than two months since the signing of the memorandum.

The Committee considered that any funds raised for the Maintenance Agreement, while the United Nations fails to implement the terms of the memorandum, would go into United Nations operational expenses as it has happened for the funds previously allocated to the maintenance and evaluation process.

The committee renewed its call for the United Nations to seriously deal with the committee in a way that is commensurate with the scale of the potential massive environmental disaster because of the continued deterioration of the Safer Reservoir.

The Safer has been lacking in proper upkeep and maintenance since the Saudi invasion of Yemen in 2015, due to the Saudi-imposed blockade.

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