United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has welcomed the departure of the first a grain ship from a Ukrainian Black Sea port. The Razoni, carrying over 26,000 tons of grain, is the first cargo ship to leave the port of Odesa since February 26, just days after the Russian invasion began.
It is bound for the Mediterranean port of Tripoli in Lebanon. This comes after a landmark agreement was reached between the warring parties in Istanbul on July 22. Guterres called the movement of shipments in the world market a humanitarian obligation.
“This ship, the merchant ship Razoni, is loaded with two scarce goods: corn and hope.” Hope for millions of people around the world who rely on the smooth running of Ukraine’s ports to feed their families. The ship’s departure is the first tangible result of the Black Sea Grain Initiative. It has been a long time since I presented a proposal to the leaders of Russia and Ukraine at the end of April. Today’s departure is a huge joint achievement of the Joint Coordination Center, which was set up in Istanbul last week under the auspices of the United Nations, with representatives from Ukraine, Russia and Turkey.
Russia and Ukraine recently signed an agreement on a grain deal:
Guterres called the departure of the first ship an important first step.
“Together with the agreed facilitation of unhindered access of Russian food and fertilizers to world markets, it will bring relief and stability to global food markets and help address the global food crisis.” Ensuring that grains, fertilizers and other food-related items are available at reasonable prices to developing countries is a humanitarian need. People on the brink of famine need these contracts to work, to survive. Countries on the brink of bankruptcy need these agreements to work to keep their economies alive.”
Guterres welcomes departure of first grain ship from Ukrainian Black Sea port – SABC News
Source link Guterres welcomes departure of first grain ship from Ukrainian Black Sea port – SABC News