United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked Turkey for its role in the grain agreement signed in Istanbul, “The other part of this package deal is the unimpeded access of non-sanctioned Russian food and fertilizer to global markets.” said.
Guterres came to the Joint Coordination Center established in Istanbul for the safe shipment of grain products from the Black Sea. Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar and Rector of National Defense University Prof. Dr. Greeted by Erhan Afyoncu, Guterres then made investigations here.
Guterres, who thanked Turkey for its important role in the Black Sea Grain Initiative, drew attention to another part of the grain agreement and said, “The other part of this package deal is the unimpeded access of non-sanctioned Russian food and fertilizer to global markets.” used the phrase.
Pointing to the importance of all governments and the private sector working together to bring them to market, Guterres said, “Without fertilizers in 2022, there may not be enough food in 2023.” made its assessment.
Emphasizing that removing more food and fertilizer from Ukraine and Russia is crucial to further calm the commodity markets and lower prices for consumers, Antonio Guterres said, “We are at the beginning of a much longer process, but you have already demonstrated the potential of this critical agreement for the world.” said.
Minister Akar: 656 thousand 349 tons of grain shipments were made
In his speech, Minister Akar stated that the risk of energy and food crisis has increased due to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and thereupon, he reminded that it has become a necessity to create a corridor in the sea for the safe shipment of more than 25 million tons of grain in Ukrainian ports to countries in need in a short time. .
Emphasizing that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan took the initiative to solve this problem by meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Akar said, “There was an intense contact process through special representatives appointed by the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Turkey. Afterwards, the meetings were held as four. As a result of the support and will of our President, Mr. Putin, Mr. Zelenskiy and Mr. Guterres, the Joint Coordination Center was established to carry out the activities.” said.
Minister Akar stated that this center, which coordinates the safe sea transportation of grain and similar food products to be exported from Ukraine from the ports of Odesa, Çornomorsk and Yuzni, continues its activities as planned.
“There is no military element in the field”
Providing information about the work carried out at the center, Minister Akar said:
“This center, which operates under the auspices of the United Nations and hosted by Turkey, has gradually increased its existing numbers and staff, and currently has a total of 14 representatives from Turkey, 22 from Russia, 12 from Ukraine and 23 from the United Nations. 71 people are on duty.An important point is that there is no military element in the field.
The Joint Coordination Center carries out all its activities in close coordination with the parties and the UN. Since 1 August, a total of 51 vessels have sailed for grain shipments, 27 of which have departed from Ukrainian ports. 24 ships entered Ukrainian ports for grain shipment. So far, 656 thousand 349 tons of grain shipments have been made from Ukrainian ports. We anticipate that this number will continue to increase.”
Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar emphasized that they believe that the work carried out through the Joint Coordination Center will make a significant contribution to overcoming the food crisis affecting the whole world, especially to lowering prices, and they have seen this with the data in front of them.
Expressing that they believe that the center, which has successfully carried out its activities until now and works in great harmony, will continue its activities successfully as planned, Akar continued his words as follows:
“As our President emphasized in his meeting with Zelenskiy and Guterres in Lviv, our sincere wish as Turkey is that the center will make maximum contribution to meeting humanitarian needs with the collective and successful work here, and also lay the groundwork for a lasting peace environment. While the needs are being met, we think that we should definitely think about peace.On this occasion, especially to the UN Secretary General, Mr. Guterres, to Mr. Shoigu, Mr. Reznikov, Mr. Kubrakov, to the UN officials who contributed, and to the relevant representatives of the Republic of Turkey. We would like to thank our ministries, institutions and staff. We also express our respect and gratitude to our President, who provided all kinds of support for the successful conclusion of our works with his directive and determined stance during these studies.”
Minister Akar wished the staff at the center success in their work and thanked them in Russian, English, Ukrainian, Portuguese and Turkish.
“It is our wish that our work will become a model”
Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar answered the questions of the journalists after the joint press statement.
“Can the Joint Coordination Center established within the scope of the grain corridor set an example for taking a step regarding the Zaporizhia nuclear energy board, which is currently on the agenda with its dangers, are there discussions on this issue?” Akar answered the question, “Of course, we are working on it. These conversations and meetings are held at various levels with various dimensions.” gave the answer.
Akar said, “What is your final assessment of the leaders meeting with the mediation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hosted by Turkey?” On the question, he said:
“As you know, our Honorable President, as you know, made great efforts to prevent this war from breaking out every time, especially until February 24. As you know, you will remember that he had a telephone conversation with Putin on the night of the war. Time did not compromise. You know that we are waiting for the Turkish President to open up. In this sense, our President will continue these efforts. Of course, when an agreement was reached as a result of mutual negotiations, which was finally put forward by our President every time. If there is such an opportunity, the two leaders of our President would be very pleased. welcome and they We know you will be pleased to bring them together.”
Minister of National Defense Akar, “Are Turkey and the United Nations currently working to extend the grain agreement to other products and to extend the scope of the agreement to other ports?” When asked, he said:
“As we have talked since the first days, we have and will do our best to improve the work we do with our Ukrainian neighbor. We strive to make our work on increasing cooperation with other subjects in addition to grain and other food products an opportunity. As we said, I am talking about a chain here. one of its links is the agreement we have made about grain. We consider these as steps on the road to peace, after which we consider that our work is a model, and subsequent progress is made in other issues, and finally a ceasefire and peace based on a ceasefire, and then this import and export. It is our wish that it will continue in normal ways in natural ways, and that it will be in all areas.”