UN / GUTERRES ISTANBUL TALKS

13-Jul-2022 00:03:49
The UN Secretary-General told reporters that the negotiations between Ukraine, Russia, Türkiye and UN officials were “a critical step forward to ensuring the safe and secure export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea.” UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 13 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

13 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY
2. Wide shot, António Guterres walks to the Security Council stakeout
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Today in Istanbul, we have seen a critical step forward to ensuring the safe and secure export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea. In a world darkened by global crises, today, at last, we have a ray of hope.”
4. Close up, journalist typing on a laptop
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I travelled to Moscow and Kyiv to propose solutions for both problems. Every day since, we have been working around the clock with intense behind-the-scenes talks with countless moving parts. More technical work will now be needed to materialize today’s progress. But the momentum is clear. In the end, the aim of all parties is not just an agreement between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, but an agreement for the world.”
6. Close up, camera recording
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“People are still dying. Fighting is still raging. But the hopeful news from Istanbul shows the importance of dialogue. Let us take inspiration from that ray of hope to help light a way to a desperately needed negotiated solution for peace in line with the UN Charter and international law.”
8. Close up, journalist taking notes
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“There was substantive agreement on many aspects, mainly the questions related to the mechanisms of control, related to the system of coordination, and relating to the questions of demining, in relation to many of the concrete, I would say, substantive aspects. But of course, this was a first meeting. The progress was extremely encouraging. We hope that now the delegations are coming back to their capitals, and we hope that the next steps will allow us to come to a formal agreement.”
10. Close up, journalist taking notes
11. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I never like to make predictions because the predictions usually are never respected. We are hoping that we'll be able to reconvene very soon, I'm sure next week, and hopefully we'll be able to have a final agreement. But as I said, we still need a lot of goodwill and commitment by all parties. They have shown it. I'm encouraged. I'm optimistic, but it's not yet fully done.”
12. Close up, journalist taking notes
13. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I think we cannot overestimate the importance of this agreement. This agreement is an extremely relevant step in relation to addressing the food crisis, together with the efforts we have been making in relation to the access of Russian food and fertilizers to the global markets. But I do not see immediately the perspective of a peace agreement. I think in any case, this demonstrated that the parties are able to have a constructive dialogue. And this is of course, very good news. But for peace, we still have a long way to go.”
14. Wide shot, António Guterres walks away the Security Council stakeout
STORYLINE
The UN Secretary-General told reporters that the negotiations between Ukraine, Russia, Türkiye and UN officials were “a critical step forward to ensuring the safe and secure export of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea.”

“In a world darkened by global crises, today, at last, we have a ray of hope”, António Guterres told journalists in New York on Wednesday (13 July).

During the meeting in Istanbul, the parties discussed a possible deal to resume safe exports of Ukraine grain from the major Black Sea port of Odesa, as a way to ease the crisis in the global food and fertilizer supply crisis.

Guterres noted that he “travelled to Moscow and Kyiv to propose solutions for both problems” and that, every day since, the UN has been “working around the clock with intense behind-the-scenes talks with countless moving parts.”

According to the UN chief, “more technical work will now be needed to materialize today’s progress”, but “the momentum is clear” and “in the end, the aim of all parties is not just an agreement between the Russian Federation and Ukraine, but an agreement for the world.”

Noting that “people are still dying” and “fighting is still raging”, Guterres said that “the hopeful news from Istanbul shows the importance of dialogue” and could be an inspiration “to help light a way to a desperately needed negotiated solution for peace”.

Answering questions from journalists, Guterres noted “very substantive progress” on many aspects, mainly mechanisms of control, coordination and demining.

Calling the progress “extremely encouraging”, the Secretary-General said his hope was that “the next steps will allow us to come to a formal agreement.”

Guterres hopes the parties will reconvene very soon, as early as next week.

The UN chief said that the world “cannot overestimate the importance of this agreement”, but he does not “see immediately the perspective of a peace agreement.”

“I think in any case, this demonstrated that the parties are able to have a constructive dialogue. And this is of course, very good news. But for peace, we still have a long way to go”, the Secretary-General added.

According to news agencies, elements of the plan being discussed include Ukrainian vessels guiding grain ships in and out through mined port waters, Russia agreeing to a truce while shipments move, and Turkey - supported by the United Nations - inspecting ships to allay Russian fears of weapons smuggling.

Ukraine and Russia are key global wheat suppliers, while Russia is also a large fertilizer exporter and Ukraine a significant producer of corn and sunflower oil.

Russia's invasion and sea blockade of Ukraine has stalled exports, leaving dozens of ships stranded and more than 20 million tonnes of grain stuck in silos at Odesa.

According to news reports, the coming harvest is also at risk as Ukraine is now short of storage space due to the halt in exports.

The United Nations is also working to try and facilitate Russian grain and fertilizer exports, which Moscow says have been hindered by Western sanctions.
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