The war-torn Yemen’s UN humanitarian coordinator said he had constructive talks with government officials and Houthi rebels on dealing with the threat posed by rusty oil tankers abandoned offshore.
Experts warn about the risk of a major environmental disaster caused by a 45-year-old FSO Fafer who lacks both electricity and a functioning firefighting system, while volatile gases are believed to have accumulated internally. doing.
“The risk of an imminent catastrophe is very real,” UN David Gresley emphasized in a statement on Saturday. “We need to put into action the goodwill shown by all interlocutors as soon as possible.”
However, he praised the talks last week with all sides of the Yemeni conflict on “uncoordinated proposals to mitigate the threat.”
“In our very positive debate, government officials confirmed that they upheld the UN-coordinated proposal to transfer one million barrels of oil on board to another vessel.” Gresley said.
“I also had a very constructive discussion with the Houthi rebels,” he added, “they also in principle agreed on how to proceed with the UN-coordinated proposal.” ..
In a statement, Gresley said he was also in talks with countries interested in supporting the project, but did not elaborate on the issue.
Environmental group Greenpeace said last week that Safer, which had been moored for years “with toxic cargo of crude oil” at the port of Hodeida in western Yemen, poses a “serious threat” to millions of people in poor countries. I warned that it was brought.
Greenpeace said the oil spill would block access to Yemen’s main ports of Hudaydah and Salif, affecting food aid supplies for up to 8.4 million people.
It also said that coastal desalination plants could be affected, disrupting the supply of drinking water for about 10 million people.
Greenpeace added that Yemen’s fishing industry could be closed, the Red Sea ecosystem destroyed, and its impact could extend to Djibouti, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia.
Houthi, who has been fighting the government since 2014, claims that the UN team will do maintenance work, but said global groups must first be allowed to evaluate the site before doing the work. ing.
According to the United Nations, the terrible conflict in Yemen has killed hundreds of thousands of people directly or indirectly, putting millions at risk of famine.
http://www.gulf-times.com/story/709356/UN-praises-positive-talks-with-Yemen-sides-on-agei The United Nations praises “positive” negotiations with the Yemeni side on the aging of oil tankers