Guterres celebrates "some success" in the humanitarian corridors of the Azovstal plant

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has celebrated “some success” in the humanitarian corridors agreed with Ukraine, Russia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to evacuate civilians from the Azovstal steel plant, in the city of Mariupol.

“Together, the United Nations and the ICRC are leading a highly complex humanitarian operation, both politically and in terms of security,” Guterres remarked before the UN Security Council, where he highlighted the “coordination and promotion” of Russian and Ukrainian authorities.

Thus, it has reported that to date two safe passage convoys have been completed. The first of them started on May 3 with 160 civilians on board and the second took place on Wednesday night with 320 Ukrainians from Azovstal and the surrounding area.

At this point, he has detailed that “a third operation is underway”, although he has remarked that the United Nations policy is not to delve into the details of the operations “to avoid undermining the possible success”.

“It’s good to know that even in these times of hyper-communications, quiet diplomacy is still possible and sometimes the only effective way to produce results… I hope that continued coordination with Moscow and kyiv will lead to more pauses.” humanitarian efforts to allow civilians to pass safely from the fighting and for aid to reach those who need it,” he acknowledged.

In food matters, the highest representative of the United Nations has stressed that he conveyed his concern to the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and to the Ukrainian, Volodimir Zelenski, about the importance of guaranteeing food security worldwide.

“We need swift and decisive action to ensure a steady flow of food and energy in open markets, lifting export restrictions, allocating surpluses and stockpiles to those who need them, and addressing food price spikes to quell price volatility.” market,” he remarked.

In this sense, he has said “to be clear” in linking a “significant solution to food insecurity” with the “reintegration” of Ukrainian agricultural production and Russian and Belarusian food and fertilizer production in world markets “despite the war”.

“The war against Ukraine is meaningless in its scope, ruthless in its dimensions and limitless in its potential for global damage. The cycle of death, destruction, dislocation and disruption must stop. It is time to unite and end this war.” “, Guterres has settled.

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