UN / BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE

02-Nov-2022 00:01:04
The UN Secretary-General issued a statement warmly welcoming Russia’s decision to resume its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which has allowed nearly ten million metric tonnes of vital foodstuffs to be shipped from Ukraine. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / BLACK SEA GRAIN INITIATIVE
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DATELINE: 2 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

2 NOVEMBER 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“You saw a bit earlier today we issued a statement in which the Secretary-General warmly welcomes the announcement from the Russian Federation on its resumed participation in the implementation of the Black Sea Grain Initiative to facilitate the safe navigation for exports of grain, foodstuffs and fertilizer from Ukraine. He is grateful for the diplomatic efforts of Türkiye, and thanks the UN Coordinator, Amir Abdulla, and his team for their work in keeping this vital food supply line open. The Secretary-General continues his engagement with all actors towards the renewal and full implementation of the Initiative, and he also remains committed to removing the remaining obstacles to the exports of Russian food and fertilizer.”
4.Wide shot, press briefing room
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The UN Secretary-General issued a statement warmly welcoming Russia’s decision to resume its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, which has allowed nearly ten million metric tonnes of vital foodstuffs to be shipped from Ukraine.

Speaking today (2 Nov) to reporters, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said the Secretary-General was “grateful for the diplomatic efforts of Türkiye, and thanks the UN Coordinator, Amir Abdulla, and his team for their work in keeping this vital food supply line open.”

He added that the Secretary-General continued his engagement with all actors towards the renewal and full implementation of the Initiative, and that he also remained committed to removing the remaining obstacles to the exports of Russian food and fertilizer.

The UN-brokered deal which is implemented through a Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) in Istanbul involving Russia, Ukraine, and Türkiye, was signed in July, to allow grain, oil and other foodstuffs to leave the war-torn country for markets overseas – many of which are in desperate need of food from Europe’s “breadbasket” to stave off the threat of famine.

On Saturday, Russia said it was suspending its cooperation and would no longer guarantee the safe passage along the agreed humanitarian corridor of ships through the Black Sea, claiming that Ukraine had launched an attack on its military vessels in Crimea.
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