UN / GUTERRES TRAVEL TÜRKIYE

21-Jul-2022 00:01:44
The UN Secretary-General will travel to Istanbul, Türkiye, on Thursday night as part of his efforts to ensure full global access to Ukraine’s food products and Russian food and fertilizer, a UN spokesperson informed. UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 21 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN Headquarters

21 JULY 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The Secretary-General will travel to Istanbul, Türkiye, this evening as part of his efforts to ensure full global access to Ukraine’s food products and Russian food and fertilizer.”
4. Close up, journalist asking question
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“What we're trying to do is have an agreement that would allow for Ukrainian and Russian food and fertilizer to reach global markets. As you know, we've pointed out for many months, how serious the food crisis around the world is, and this is a component a large component of that crisis, so we can resolve this. We can potentially save hundreds of hundreds of thousands, potentially millions of people from having food be priced out of their reach. So that is part of that, if there's an agreement.”
6. Close up, journalist asking question
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Well, the situation remains a little bit fluid so I can't really say when something will be signed. As you're aware, the Secretary-General spoke to you last week and at that point, he said that we took a critical step forward to ensuring the safe and secure exports of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea. He said at that point that work remains to be done and I can't honestly say at this point that all the work has ended. But as you can see from the fact that he's traveling to Istanbul, we're moving ahead with this.”
8. Wide shot, briefing room
STORYLINE
The UN Secretary-General will travel to Istanbul, Türkiye, on Thursday night as part of his efforts to ensure full global access to Ukraine’s food products and Russian food and fertilizer, a UN spokesperson informed.

Briefing journalists today (21 July) in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said that “the situation remains a little bit fluid” and “work remains to be done” so he can’t say “when something will be signed.”

“As you're aware, the Secretary-General spoke to you last week and at that point, he said that we took a critical step forward to ensuring the safe and secure exports of Ukrainian food products through the Black Sea”, the spokesperson said.

Haq also said, “as you can see from the fact that he's traveling to Istanbul, we're moving ahead with this.”

According to the UN official, the goal is to “have an agreement that would allow for Ukrainian and Russian food and fertilizer to reach global markets.”

“We can potentially save hundreds of hundreds of thousands, potentially millions of people from having food be priced out of their reach”, Had said.

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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