TÜRKIYE / GUTERRES ISTANBUL PORT

20-Aug-2022 00:03:32
Secretary-General António Guterres visited on Saturday (20 Aug) in Istanbul, Türkiye, the World Food Programme (WFP) ship Brave Commander and the SSI Invincible 2, which is heading to Ukraine to pick-up the largest cargo of grain yet exported under the Black Sea Grain Initiative. OCHA
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STORY: TÜRKIYE / GUTERRES ISTAMBUL PORT
TRT: 3:32
SOURCE: OCHA
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS
DATELINE: 20 AUGUST 2022, ISTAMBUL, TÜRKIYE
SHOTLIST
1. Various shots, World Food Programme (WFP) ship Brave Commander and the SSI Invincible 2
2. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“This ship is going to load in Chornomorsk more than 50,000 tonnes of grain in Ukraine. It will be the largest cargo ever coming out of the Ukraine after the war has started.”
3.Various shots, World Food Programme (WFP) ship Brave Commander and the SSI Invincible 2
4. Various shots, Secretary-General visits Joint Coordination Center
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“More than 650,000 metric tons of grain and other food are already on their way to markets around the world. I just came back from the Marmara Sea where Ukrainian, Russian, Turkish and United Nations teams are conducting joint inspections on the vessels passing through the Black Sea on their way in or out of the Ukrainian ports. What a remarkable and inspiring operation.”
6. Wide shot, Secretary-General on stage speaking to journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I just saw a World Food Progamme-chartered vessel – Brave Commander - which is waiting to sail to the horn of Africa to bring urgently needed relief to those suffering from acute hunger. Just yesterday, I was in Odesa port and saw first-hand the loading on a cargo of wheat onto a ship. I was so moved watching the wheat fill up the hold of the ship. It was the loading of hope for so many around the world.”
8. Med shot, Secretary-General on stage speaking to journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“But let’s not forget that what we see here in Istanbul and in Odesa is only the more visible part of the solution. The other part of this package deal is the unimpeded access to the global markets of Russian food and fertilizer, which are not subject to sanctions. It is important that all governments and the private sector cooperate to bring them to market.”
10. Secretary-General shakes hands with Turkish Minister of Defence, Hulusi Akar
STORYLINE
Secretary-General António Guterres visited on Saturday (20 Aug) in Istanbul, Türkiye, the World Food Programme (WFP) ship Brave Commander and the SSI Invincible 2, which is heading to Ukraine to pick-up the largest cargo of grain yet exported under the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

Upon arrival, the Secretary-General boarded a pilot boat in the Sea of Marmara where he sailed next to the M/V Brave Commander, the WFP ship which picked up more than 23,000 of wheat in Odesa and was making its way to deliver its precious cargo to the horn of Africa to help people on the verge of famine.

The Secretary-General joined a group of inspectors from the Joint Coordination Center and also boarded the vessel SSI INVINCIBLE II. The ship is on its way to Chornomorsk in Ukraine to load close to 50,000 tonnes of grain – the largest shipment to leave Ukraine since the start of the war.

Joined by the Turkish Minister of Defence, Hulusi Akar, the Secretary-General toured the Joint Coordination Center. He met the Russian and Ukrainian delegations to the JCC separately and then for an official session of the JCC where he thanked all of the participants for their professionalism and humanity in ensuring that this initiative is a success for people around the world.

In press conference, with Minister Akar, the Secretary-General thanked the government of Turkiye for its pivotal role in the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

The collaborative work of the teams sitting around the table at the Joint Coordination Center embodie what we can achieve with political will, top operational expertise, and collective effort, the Secretary-General told the journalists.

He described the ships that he had just seen in the Marmara Sea and added that what we see here in Istanbul and in Odesa is only the more visible part of the solution. The other part of this package deal, he said, is the unimpeded access to the global markets of Russian food and fertilizer, which are not subject to sanctions.

““I just saw a World Food Progamme-chartered vessel – Brave Commander - which is waiting to sail to the horn of Africa to bring urgently needed relief to those suffering from acute hunger,” Guterres said, “Just yesterday, I was in Odesa port and saw first-hand the loading on a cargo of wheat onto a ship. I was so moved watching the wheat fill up the hold of the ship. It was the loading of hope for so many around the world.”

The Secretary-General is on his way back to NY.
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