The United Nations said that it has not yet resolved the maintenance file of the SAFER tanker with the Houthi militia, which has continued to deal with it for more than two years in this file.
International organization spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the UN side is still engaged in discussion with the Houthis, to resolve all issues and requests related to logistical and security arrangements for an inspection visit to the tanker and its maintenance.
He added, “We hope that these discussions will end quickly so that we can proceed with reserving the ships of the UN mission and finalizing a specific timetable” for Safer’s visit.
He continued, “We are doing our best to publish this mission as soon as possible, as an important step towards avoiding disaster.”
And at the beginning of this month, Dujarric revealed a new retreat by the Houthis regarding the maintenance file of the tanker.
At the time, Dujarric expressed his regret that the United Nations team assigned to inspect the dilapidated Safer tanker off the Yemeni coast faced some new delays after additional requests from the Houthis.
He warned that any oil spill from it would have devastating environmental, humanitarian and economic consequences, not only for the people of Yemen, but for the entire region around the Red Sea.