Grain export deal: UN chief welcomes first ship departure…
United Nations, Aug 2 (IANS) United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the first commercial vessel departing from Odessa in Ukraine under the UN-brokered Black Sea Grains Initiative and Turkey.
The cargo ship loaded with more than 26,000 tons of corn is expected to arrive at the inspection site in Turkish territorial waters on Tuesday. After inspection, it will proceed to its final destination in Tripoli, Lebanon, António Guterres was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying.
“This ship, the Merchant Vessel Razoni, is loaded with two rare commodities: corn and hope. A hope for millions of people around the world who depend on the smooth functioning of Ukrainian ports to feed their families,” he told reporters.
The departure of the ship is the first concrete result of the Black Sea Grain Initiative. “Today’s departure is a huge collective achievement of the Joint Coordination Center, set up last week in Istanbul under the auspices of the UN, with representatives from Ukraine, Russia and Turkey. “said António Guterres.
The Black Sea Grain Initiative, signed by Russia and Ukraine with Turkey as part of the UN on July 22, would allow the export of large volumes of food and fertilizers from three ports Black Sea key Ukrainians, namely Odessa, Chernomorsk and Yuzhny.
The agreement aims to ensure the safe passage of ships carrying grain to world markets amid concerns about food shortages due to the protracted crisis in Ukraine.
“What we witnessed today in Odessa is an important starting point. This is to be the first of many commercial vessels bringing relief and stability to global food markets,” said António Guterres.
“With the agreed facilitation of unhindered access of Russian food and fertilizer products to world markets, this will bring relief and stability to world food markets and help tackle the global food crisis,” he added.
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