UN / YEMEN SAFER OIL TANKER

10-Jul-2020 00:01:19
UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the Organization remained “extremely concerned” about the SAFER oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, which is carrying 1.1 million barrels of oil and is in poor condition. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / YEMEN SAFER OIL TANKER
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 10 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I can tell you that we remain extremely concerned about the SAFER oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, which as you know is carrying 1.1 million barrels of oil and is in poor condition. On 15 July, the Security Council is scheduled to hold a meeting on this issue. And at the end of May, as we told you, water reportedly entered the engine room of the tanker, which could have led to disaster. A temporary fix has been applied, but it is unclear how long this might last. The UN is encouraged that the local authorities recently signalled they would approve a UN mission to the site. We are following up with them now to confirm details. We hope logistical arrangements will be quickly completed so this work can begin. We, of course, stand ready to assist. The assessment mission will conduct feasible light repairs and help to determine the appropriate next steps. We also acknowledge the helpful role of all Member States in working to resolve this critical issue. We appreciate Member States’ continued engagement and hope we are now moving towards a solution.”

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

3. Tilt up, UN headquarters exterior
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UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said the Organization remained “extremely concerned” about the SAFER oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, which is carrying 1.1 million barrels of oil and is in poor condition.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (10 Jul), Dujarric said the Security Council was set to discuss the issue on 15 July. He said a temporary fix was applied after water reportedly entered the engine room at the end of May, “but it is unclear how long this might last.”

The spokesperson said, “The UN is encouraged that the local authorities recently signalled they would approve a UN mission to the site. We are following up with them now to confirm details. We hope logistical arrangements will be quickly completed so this work can begin. We, of course, stand ready to assist. The assessment mission will conduct feasible light repairs and help to determine the appropriate next steps. We also acknowledge the helpful role of all Member States in working to resolve this critical issue. We appreciate Member States’ continued engagement and hope we are now moving towards a solution.”
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