Grain corridor will continue after 18 March

2023-03-09 10:42:04 | Son Güncelleme : 2023-03-09 10:54:43

United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres went to Kiev, which was badly damaged in the Russia-Ukraine war. Guterres, who met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, pointed out the continuation of the 'grain corridor' after 18 March, and called for mediation for the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, saying 'it is vital to protect'.

Grain corridor will continue after 18 March
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1 year behind the Russia-Ukraine war, President of UkraineZelenskyy met with Guterres in Kiev. Speaking at the joint press conference after the meeting, Zelenskyy said that the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant, which was under the control of the Russian army at the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine War, should be under the control of Ukraine again.


Defending that Russia is blackmailing the Zaporozhian Nuclear Power Plant, Zelenskyy said, "The Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant should return to Ukraine's full control. This is a global security issue, not just Ukraine." said.

Zelenskyy stated that the 'grain corridor' established by the initiatives of President Erdogan and UN Secretary Guterres should be continued after 18 March and said, "We are today saying that there is a critical need for the whole world to continue the Black Sea Grain Initiative after 18 March. I am confident that with the UN we can significantly strengthen this initiative and the Black Sea Grain Initiative. This will provide even more guarantees for global food security."


Guteres also blamed Russia and emphasized that as the UN, they support Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty. Pointing out that Russia violated international law by starting a war in Ukraine, Guterres said:

"The UN's position is absolutely clear. Russia's invasion of Ukraine is a violation of the UN Charter and international law. Ukraine's sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity must be preserved in accordance with Ukraine's internationally recognized borders. Our ultimate goal is It is clear, on the anniversary of the start of the war, to ensure a just peace in accordance with the UN Charter, international law and the resolution of the General Assembly."

Noting the security of the Zaporozhye NPP, Guterres said, "The security and protection of the Zaporozhye NPP is of vital importance. I believe possible mediation may also be important to find ways to completely demilitarize the area and restore the plant to normal operation."


Noting that thanks to the Black Sea Grain Initiative signed in Istanbul last year, more than 23 million tons of grain have been exported from Ukraine's ports, Guterres said, "(Black Sea Grain Initiative) contributed to the decrease in global food prices and helped people pay high prices for war, especially in developing countries. provided immediate assistance."

Underlining that the said initiative should be extended after 18 March, Guterres said, "I would like to emphasize the critical importance of continuing the Black Sea Grain Initiative after 18 March."